“Better than Vlahovic”:Arsenal now reportedly interested in signing 23-year-old attacker who could be ‘even better’ than Vlahovic

Arsenal are now reportedly interested in signing Roma attacker Nicolo Zaniolo – and Serie A legend Zbigniew Boniek says he could be ‘even better’ than Dusan Vlahovic. 

Journalist Ciro Venetaro claims that Arsenal are monitoring Zaniolo’s situation in Rome amid issues surrounding his contract renewal.

The 23-year-old has bounced back brilliantly from suffering cruciate ligament injuries in both knees back in 2020.

Zaniolo mainly plays in an attacking midfield role, as well as having the ability to play on either flank. But Boniek says the Roma man possesses all the qualities to become a top striker.

Zaniolo could be ‘even better’ than Vlahovic

Boniek previously told New Sound Level that Zaniolo’s best position is playing as a classic number nine.

“Zaniolo has incredible potential,” he said.

“If you ask people what his position is, then everyone will give you a different response. In my view, he is a classic number nine. He can protect the ball, has physical strength, turns defenders well, is good in the air and can shoot.

“I always say when I see Vlahovic play that Zaniolo could do just as well. Perhaps even better, because he also has this strong physicality. He really is a great player.”

Zaniolo has shown over the years that he’s an incredibly versatile player. Having played out wide, in midfield and even as a striker on the odd occasion.

It’s a big statement from Boniek to suggest the Roma attacker could become an even better number nine than Vlahovic.

The Juventus striker has netted 56 times in 121 Serie A appearances during spells at Fiorentina and in Turin. In comparison, Zaniolo has bagged 12 goals in 86 games.

Of course, Zaniolo has played most games for Roma in an attacking midfield role and he does possess brilliant finishing abilities.

The Italian attacker could become an attractive proposition for Mikel Arteta, especially with his contract running down. Zaniolo can play in multiple positions and would provide much-need quality depth in several roles for the Gunners.

 

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