Even though they are struggling to claim the top-four finish in the Premier League this season and regularly keep on failing to get into a title race in English top tier, Arsenal remain a favourable destination for many top-class footballers and it would be wrong to assume otherwise.
The latest star player to publicly declare his interest in playing for the Gunners is Brazilian forward Hulk.
The 30-year-old Brazil international is currently plying his trade in the Chinese Super League after becoming one of the first prominent football stars to jump on the gold-laden Chinese bandwagon.
And despite the fact he earns pretty penny during his Eastern episode, Hulk is missing the competitive edge of the Western football world and has gone to reveal his Premier League and Arsenal desire.
“It’s always been a dream, it’s a very competitive championship and the stadiums are full in every game, no matter what the team, I always follow the league and I have always supported Arsenal.”
“[I’m a fan of] Wenger’s way of playing, but unfortunately, he has not won trophies in recent years. The city is very good, the club has a great culture and gives a lot of support. I have a contract for four years and have three left. I am very happy, but nothing is impossible, especially in football.”, Hulk was quoted by the Portuguese media outlet Record.
Hulk’s open flirtation with Arsenal may come as music to Arsenal fans’ ears with future of Alexis Sanchez still hanging in the balance.
The experienced Brazilian is a seasoned international who boasts a wonderful physique and who is a naturally talented player with a cannon instead of foot. His thunderous shot, strength and stamina make him a great danger in attack, but his defensive exploits could be a big warning sign ahead of any possible move to the Emirates.
Unlike Alexis Sanchez who has impressive work-rate at Arsenal, Hulk does not put in enough effort on the ball and does not track back deep to his own half. His lack of effort in training has been commented by plenty of managers, but most importantly his price-tag is far out of Arsenal’s range.
Arsene Wenger is unlikely to pursue an overpriced 30-year-old despite his qualities and is likely to search for a more affordable and younger attacking alternative during the summer transfer window.