William Gallas says ex-Chelsea centre-forward Diego Costa would add ‘character’ to Arsenal’s squad with his ability to spark his team-mates into action. Spain international became a free agent at the end of December after agreeing to terminate his deal with Atletico Madrid six months early.
Diego was a nemesis of Arsenal during his three-year spell at Stamford Bridge in which he scored an impressive 52 goals and helped fire the Blues to two PL trophies. But Costa played only seven games at Atletico this campaign due to a combination of injuries and increased competition for his place in Diego Simeone’s side.
The 32-year-old centre-forward is now available on a free transfer in winter, and ex-Arsenal and Chelsea centre-back Gallas believes Arsenal could benefit from the striker’s fiery nature. ‘He would bring character to the squad,’ Gallas said. ‘He just wants to win games.
‘If his teammate doesn’t play well, he will shout at them during the game and sometimes I think this is good. Sometimes, when I’m watching Arsenal, they don’t show any reaction when they concede, and someone like Costa will shout to the guys “Wake up!” which can boost the players.’
‘If he comes to Arsenal, he will cause a lot of problems for defenders but it might also mean Lacazette going on the bench again.’
The London giants winning streak came to an end on Thursday night as they were held to a goalless draw by Crystal Palace. Arsenal were previously on a torrid run of form, but have picked up 10 points from their last four matches to lift them to 11th place.