Arsenal Being Put Off The Nolito Chase

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Arsenal have been tied to Celta Vigo’s Nolito but there is a good chance that the Gunners will have to pull off the chase if the rumors are true.

Arsenal is hot on the trail of budget-priced attacker Nolito. Celta Vigo is playing out of their shoes this season and holding onto a fighting chance for a Champions League berth. Nolito is a big reason for that as the Spaniard has netted eight times and added five assists.

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As such, many teams have taken notice of Nolito and are being drawn to the services he can provide. He is excellent at crossing and creating opportunities and while his pass completion has dipped below 70%, the passes that he does complete are important to building the attack.

Arsenal were supposedly ready to sign and closing in on a done deal for the Spaniard. But the question is if Arsene Wenger identified the attack as an issue for Arsenal. That has not really been addressed by Le Prof, but he will definitely see the return of Alexis, Danny Welbeck, Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere as transfers. That is four attacking players that will be returning to Arsenal, all around the January transfer window. Will Wenger be stubborn again?

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He may not have to.

Other reports from Spanish source Marca (as quoted by 360Nobs), indicate that Nolito is nearing a contract extension with Celta Vigo.

“The only truth is that I am happy in Vigo and, therefore, with just minor details to be resolved I am going to renew my contract with Celta shortly.”

Of course, words are just words and until pen is put to paper, nothing is certain. Even when pen is put to paper, it is not so rare for a player to move on shortly thereafter. Pedro did it at Barcelona. After Pedro ‘committed his future’ to Barcelona with a four year deal, he jumped to Chelsea.

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Nolito could certainly pull the same. In the end, we really don’t know until the January window runs its course. Nolito is a good talent to keep an eye on, but you have to wonder if Arsenal would not be better served with other options. Nobody would be at the same, low price as Nolito, but they would be long-term solutions. Arsenal is rarely in the market for short-term fill-ins. Kim Kallstrom was the last one and we all know how that went.

For just around £12 million, it’s a budget signing that solves a short-term problem. That could indeed be helpful for the title push.