Stan Collymore reacts to reports linking Arsenal with Diego Costa
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Stan Collymore reacts to reports linking Arsenal with Diego Costa

Stan Collymore has told the Sunday People (3/1; page 54) that Arsenal should steer clear of Diego Costa amid reports that the Gunners want the striker.

Costa has been linked with a raft of clubs following his recent departure from Atletico Madrid. And Mikel Arteta’s men are one of the teams to have been credited with an interest in the 32-year-old.

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Spanish outlet AS reported towards the end of last month that Arsenal are monitoring Costa. It would be a controversial move to say the least.

Costa has previously enjoyed success in the Premier League. But he is also a player who has been criticised for his conduct throughout his career. And his return to Atletico did not play out how he would have liked.

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And following the links, Collymore insisted that Arsenal need to look elsewhere before suggesting where he should go.

“The Arsenal fans saying Diego Costa would be a good signing for them are the same ones who would have backed Granit Xhaka to be a success at the Emirates,” he told the Sunday People (3/1; page 54).

“Costa could add some much-needed aggression, but he can be a liability of gargantuan proportions as well. Wolves would be a much better fit for the former Chelsea striker if he were to return to the Premier League.”

As things stand, it is difficult to see Arsenal making a move for Costa. They won their first league game since early November a couple of days before the report emerged.

The Gunners have since won their following two games. A number of their players are looking a lot more impressive, including Alexandre Lacazette.

Arsenal have less need to take a gamble on Costa. Their younger players have inspired those around them. And it would potentially send out a disappointing message if they decided to take a risk on another ageing target.

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