Well, Arsenal can now say for certain they won’t be signing Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic anytime soon. The hope was raised after he had a woeful first season at the Santiago Bernabeu and he was being linked with a move away. With the Gunners potentially requiring a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, it was an easy connection for the tabloids to make.
However, a new report from AS would suggest otherwise. They report that the Real Madrid management has no plans to sell Luka Jovic this summer. The report claims that he was signed for the long run and that is exactly what he will provide in the footballing capital.
Should we Arsenal fans be surprised by this? No, I wouldn’t say so. Real Madrid isn’t the type to give up on their projects after just one season. A lot went into Jovic’s first season shambles, including the fact that he never really played the number of minutes he was promised. In fact, I can only recall him playing the full 90 in one match and that was back in September. Consequently, he would have been shaky if he arrived at Arsenal anyway.
If Arsenal do need to replace Aubameyang, there are plenty of options out there for them to consider. These include the likes of Jonathan David, among others. In fact, some would even argue there’s no need to replace him since Mikel Arteta has a wide array of youngsters including Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah all ready for a place in the starting XI.
I suppose the moral of the story is you win some and you lose some. Arsenal has lost this pursuit if there ever was one, but they must take it on the chin. The transfer market is bound to be more complicated than we’ve ever seen before, so plenty of other teams are going to have to take knocks from their transfer targets.
Header image: Paul Hudson, 2014