Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that he is targeting South American strikers, with Porto striker Jackson Mratinez linked
It is no secret that the Gunners are lacking thirty-plus a season striker and fans have been calling for the Frenchman to splash out and land a big name, like Martinez.
The striker is rated very highly in European after an impressive first few years at Porto, and amid talk that a possible deal could happen in January, Wenger has admitted he loves the hard edge of South American players.
As quoted on the Sky Sports website, Wenger said: “Look across Europe and where are the strikers from? Many of them, at least 80 per cent, are from South America.
“Maybe it’s because in Europe street football has gone. In street football when you’re 10-years-old, you want to play with 15-year-olds.
“Then you have to prove you’re good, you have to fight and win impossible balls.
“When it’s all a bit more formalised, it’s less about developing your individual skill and fighting attitude. We’ve lost that a bit.
“Not every South American has that, but if you go back 30 or 40 years in England, life was tougher.
“Society has changed. We’re much more protective than we were 20 or 30 years ago. We have all become a bit softer.”