Why Arsenal should avoid signing Sanchez's international strike partner

Isla and Vargas Chile vs Uruguay

Arsenal are reportedly eyeing up a move to sign Chilean international striker Eduardo Vargas this month.

The Gunners have built on the 3-2 FA Cup final win over Hull City in May with a number of big signings, as David Ospina. Mathieu Debuchy, Calum Chambers and Alexis Sanchez have all arrived at the Emirates Stadium this summer, costing around £60m collectively.

Having sold centre back Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona in a £15m deal, much of Arsenal's transfer focus will be surrounding the arrival of another defender, whilst it's believed that manager Arsene Wenger is looking to bring in a holding midfielder too.

However, fans are still craving a new striker, having seen Olivier Giroud struggle to carry the workload up front on his own last season. Yaya Sanogo and the now departed Nicklas Bendtner offered little help, and whilst the returning Joel Campbell should be a boost, another new face is still needed.

Many supporters have set their hearts on Paris Saint-Germain's Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani, but reports this week suggest that Wenger is instead lining up a move for another South American – Eduardo Vargas, who partners new signing Sanchez in attack for Jorge Sampaoli's men. Yet, despite the 24-year-old enjoying an impressive World Cup campaign, the Gunners should steer well clear.

Vargas burst onto the scene with Universidad de Chile in 2011, scoring 19 goals in 29 games, earning a move to Napoli off the back of that record. Yet since then, it's been tough for Vargas. Three goals in 28 appearances in Italy resulted in loan moves to Gremio and Valencia, but again he struggled to hit the back of the net with just 14 goals in 62 appearances over those two loan spells, before returning to Napoli this summer.

Aside from his questionable record in front of goal, Vargas is also more of a wide forward than a centre forward. He has pace and energy but in Arsenal's 4-2-3-1, he would be a terrible candidate when it comes to leading the line on his own. His chemistry with Sanchez was evident at the World Cup, but with an entirely different system in use at the Emirates Stadium, linking them together again would be difficult.

Arsenal need to bring in another striker to really lay down the gauntlet for their title rivals - and given his poor track record and questionable fit in the team, Vargas shouldn't be seen as a solution to Arsenal's problems.

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