Arsenal wanted £59m striker before Gabriel Jesus, now he’s in ‘identity crisis’ after UCL woes

Arsenal wanted Serie A star earlier this year but the Italian press now suggest he is in an ‘identity crisis’ at Juventus.

Juve are having a tough start to the season having won just two of their six Serie A games.

Last night’s 2-1 defeat to Benfica in the Champions League now leaves them with no points from two games.

Boss Massimiliano Allegri finds himself under immense pressure – especially with big-name managers like Thomas Tuchel, Zinedine Zidane and Mauricio Pochettino all available.

Allegri is facing a number of problems at Juventus and striker Vlahovic is becoming a worry.


Juventus fought Arsenal to sign Vlahovic from Fiorentina in January and won that race.

Tuttomercatoweb reported in January that Arsenal had offered £59million for Vlahovic and Fiorentina were happy to sell.

However, Vlahovic allegedly rejected Arsenal’s £160,000-a-week offer as he wanted to stay in Italy, either with Fiorentina or then joining Juventus.

Juve convinced Vlahovic to make the move and he finished last season with seven goals in 15 outings for Juventus.

Add in four goals in five Serie A games this season and Vlahovic seems to be doing fine on the face of things.

Yet the Italian press seem worried with Tuttomercatoweb claiming that Vlahovic is in an ‘identity crisis’ right now.

They claim that Vlahovic is ‘unrecognisable’ with his back to goal and seems to have lost some confidence there.

As a tall striker at 6ft 3in, losing that side of the game is a real problem and TMW add that Vlahovic also struggled to outpace Benfica defender Nicolas Otamendi.

TMW noted that Otamendi is hardly as fast as Italian athlete Lamont Marcell Jacobs so Vlahovic struggling with the veteran Argentinian is a problem.

Whether it’s back to goal or running in behind, it seems that Vlahovic is having problems and has now gone three games without a goal.

Arsenal were gutted to miss out on Vlahovic in January but with Gabriel Jesus proving to be absolutely perfect for Mikel Arteta’s side, this transfer situation has turned out perfectly for the Gunners.

Vlahovic must now try to get himself back firing again, whilst Arsenal can just look forward to more Gabriel Jesus brilliance.


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