Tuesday December 20 2011
Arsenal told to go for Cavani

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has advised his former club to make a January bid for Edinson Cavani of Napoli.

Writing in his column for the Sun newspaper, the ex-England hitman suggests that Robin Van Persie needs a top class player beside him if they want to challenge for top honours.

“I think Arsene must bid for Cavani — El Matador — if there is any chance of tempting him from Italy next month,” he insists.

“It will be more difficult now Napoli have reached the Champions League knock-out stages, largely thanks to his performances in the group games.

“But plenty of other clubs around Europe haven't given up the ghost and I'd love to see Arsene in the mix as well.

“Gervinho looks good dribbling and running at people, but again there haven't been many goals to go with it.

“That's not something you could say about Cavani – and it's no surprise that he has become one of the most wanted men in Europe.

“He's the type defenders hate playing against, always on the move, always looking for the right run, always a threat.

“More than anything, he always looks hungry — the sort of guy who could be having a shocker, but is still likely to nick you a goal out of nothing. That's something Arsenal need right now.

“How good would it be to see Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain causing havoc on one wing, Theo Walcott on the other, with RVP and Cavani waiting to pounce in the middle?”

It seems unlikely that Napoli would be tempted to sell the Uruguayan international, especially before the end of the season.

Cavani, 24, joined Napoli from Palermo for €17m in 2010. In 66 games for the Azzurri, he’s scored 44 goals.

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