Arsenal Transfer News: Gunners Should Avoid Adrian Lopez Transfer

Michael DulkaContributor IJanuary 5, 2013

ST GALLEN, SWITZERLAND - MAY 26: Adrian Lopez (L) of Spain celebrates after scoring as goalkeeper Damir Kahriman (C) sits and Branislav Ivanovic of Serbia stands dejected during the international friendly match between Spain and Serbia on May 26, 2012 in St Gallen, Switzerland.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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Arsenal are set to bring in a striker during the January transfer window as Arsene Wenger looks to find his man. According to The Mirror, Arsenal is considering bringing in Adrian Lopez from Atletico despite reluctance to pay his £14million buy-out clause. Arsenal should avoid buying Lopez during the window because of the cost involved and there are better options out there. 

Lopez hasn't had many opportunities this season as he's lived mostly in the shadows of Atletico's front-man Radamel Falcao. While Falcao has attracted a ton of transfer attention across Europe for his dazzling play, Lopez has struggled to get playing time and has spent most of his time on the bench. 

Spending that much time on the bench has made Lopez extremely inconsistent. The lack of opportunities have made him erratic up front when he does get on the pitch. His consistency would likely improve with regular action, but that doesn't seem to be the case at Arsenal. 

It doesn't make much sense for Arsenal to bring in the out-of-form striker for his high cost. 

He would add depth up front for Arsenal, who are desperately looking for another striker, but wouldn't add anything else to their lineup. He's not going to be a better option than what Arsenal already has up top and would just add another piece in the rotation. 

Another reason Arsenal should not be tempted by Lopez is the fact that they would likely have to give up the chase for other players. If they are going to spend a good amount of money on a transfer this window, they should get a player that will fill a weakness on the current squad. 

Rumors are circulating that David Villa could be had for Arsenal should they wish to make a move for the player. While Villa, 31, falls outside of the general age limit for Wenger's signings, he seems to be a better option. 

In addition to being another body for depth, Villa brings attributes to the team that aren't currently there. Villa adds more creativity and quality up front with a goal-scoring record that is undeniably good, both for club and country. 

Another option for Arsenal is to continue to use Theo Walcott as a striker. He has done well in the role since getting his audition and should continue to grow with more experience at the position. Walcott's pace and movement make him a threat as either a winger or a striker. 

Signing Lopez would be an unnecessary signing when other options would make the squad better or be cheaper. Lopez doesn't add enough to the squad to make him worth signing.