Arsenal want Brazil striker Alexandre Pato to bolster their attack in January

Sunday 17 Nov 2013 2:49 pm
Arsenal want Brazil striker Pato to bolster their attack
Alexandre Pato is a January target for Arsenal (Picture: Reuters)

Arsenal are hoping to strengthen their options in attack with the signing of former AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato in January.

Olivier Giroud remains the club’s only recognised front man and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has made landing a new forward his number one priority when the transfer window reopens in the new year.

Pato was a target for the north London club this time last year while he was still with the Rossoneri but the 24-year-old opted for a move back to his native Brazil, joining Corinthians.

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Arsenal want Brazil striker Pato to bolster their attack
Pato, right, celebrates with teammate Neymar (Picture: AP)

However, a fall-out with the club’s coaching staff has left the Brazillians open to a sale for around £10million in January.

Tottenham are also interested having missed out on the striker in the summer, but is thought that the Gunners are now leading the race for Pato’s services and are increasingly confident of landing their man.

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Arsenal:- 'Royal Arsenal' formed in Woolwich Arsenal Player DatabaseFeaturing EVERY Arsenal player A small group of Scots sowed the seed which would grow into one of the most famous names in football. David Danskin, from Kirkcaldy in Fife, worked at the Arsenal munitions factory in Woolwich. The Scot, a football man in an area dominated by rugby and cricket, founded a team with the help of three friends, Elijah Watkins, John Humble and Richard Pearce. The arrival in Woolwich of two Nottingham Forest players, Fred Beardsley and Morris Bates, had spurred Danskin into action. Word got around and 15 men came forward, each prepared to pay sixpence to help start up a club. Danskin added another three shillings himself and the club bought a football. It was October 1886. The club arranged its first game for December 1886 but had no name, no kit and nowhere to play. Danskin and company were referred to as Dial Square - after one of the factory's workshops - and crossed the Thames to play Eastern Wanderers on the Isle of Dogs. Dial Square won 6-0 and met in the Royal Oak pub, next to Woolwich Arsenal station, on Christmas Day 1886. Beardsley solved the kit problem by asking his contacts at Nottingham Forest to help. They duly sent a complete set of red shirts. And as they sat in the Royal Oak, the founding fathers chose a new name. They combined the name of the pub with their place of work - Royal Arsenal. It was far grander than 'Dial Square' and would be the club's name until 1891 when Woolwich Arsenal was formally adopted. At the time the 15 men who had pooled their resources to buy a football wanted little more than a means of exercise and, no doubt, the social activity which accompanied it. Little did they know what they had started.
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