Arsenal FC are lining up a move for Corinthians Striker Alexandre Pato in January as the Gunners look to strengthen their forward line.

Olivier Giroud is arguably the most important member of the current Arsenal squad. The Frenchman has been in wonderful form this season and Arsenal don’t have a suitable replacement for him in the squad. The Gunners are one injury or suspension away from having to rely on Nicklas Bendtner and youngster Yaya Sanogo, who has struggled with injuries since his arrival to the London club this summer. Wenger do have the option of playing Walcott and Podolski upfront, but neither of them can be a long-term solution in that role.

Arsenal have made a fantastic start to their campaign this season and currently leads the points table in the Premier League. But the Gunners need to strengthen their forward line in order to maintain this title challenge till the end. Arsene Wenger is expected to spend in the January transfer window after failing to sign a striker at the start of this season. Arsenal have been linked with a lot of big names, but historically big names don’t make a move midway through the season.

Recent reports suggest that Arsene Wenger is considering a move for former AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato. The 24-year-old was once considered among the best young talents in the world, but injuries have halted his progress massively during his time at Italy. At the start of this year Pato moved to Corinthians as he looked to regain his fitness to try and fulfil his immense potential. But despite scoring on his debut, his stay at the Brazilian club hasn’t gone according to plans. He has received a lot of criticism from the fans and although manager Tite has defended him throughout this period, his future at the club has been in doubts.

Few would doubt the immense potential in Pato, but what he lacks currently is confidence and belief in his abilities. It is easier for a player to recover from physical injuries, it is the mental scar that takes time to heal – who would know this better than Arsene Wenger, who has kept his faith in Aaron Ramsey, who was similarly struggling to regain his confidence after recovering from his career threatening injury. A mentor like Arsene Wenger can do wonders for Pato and Arsenal are keen on his signature. Tottenham have also been linked with the striker and Corinthians director Roberto de Andrade has indicated that the club might be willing to sell to an overseas club.

“Signing him would be hard for a Brazilian club, due to his financial value, but he might leave if clubs like Arsenal and Tottenham are really interested.” – Roberto Andrade told the press at the start of this month.

Reports suggest that the Brazilian club won’t entertain any bid below £10m and Spurs have already failed in an attempt to sign him in the summer. Pato’s fitness record is a cause for concern, but he could prove to be shrewd addition if Arsene Wenger manages to get the best out of him.