L’Equipe has reported that Arsenal are after Belgium’s attacker Kevin Mirallas. Here’s a quick bio – he’s 24 years old, plays for Olympiacos, plays on the wing or up front, has international pedigree, has had a sudden and impressive improvement in his scoring record and supposedly has a buy-out clause of £6.4 million.
Since moving to Olympiacos from Saint-Etienne in 2010, he has scored 34 goals in 52 appearances for the Greek side. He has played for the Belgium national side after working his way up all levels. He has now achieved 27 international caps, scoring 5 goals, including taking part in the 2012 Euros.
Sky Sports published this story back in July here, stating that Arsenal and Liverpool were after the player. As a relatively unknown player in a relatively weak league, this story could be true. The bargain price tag may also attract Wenger’s interest.
But all this speculation is ignoring one simple fact – do we need him?
Wenger has already signed three attackers in Podolski, Giroud and (probably) Cazorla. Then we have van Persie, Chamakh, Walcott, Bendtner, Park, Gervinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Arshavin. Okay, so we are almost definitely losing RvP and Bendtner, while Park and Arshavin are likely to leave too. But even if we lose all four of those players, we have plenty of attacking fire power.
Even for a “paltry” £6.4 million, we would be signing a player that we just don’t need. Not only that, but we would be stunting the development of a young and promising player.