The Luka Jovic loan to Arsenal rumors came out of virtually no where this week. Well, I suppose they were born out of Dušan Vlahovic heading to Juventus and the Gunners needing to look elsewhere for striker reinforcements. But we went from no connections between Jovic and Arsenal to Real Madrid officially offering him on loan to the Gunners seemingly overnight.

The 24 year-old Serbian striker joined Madrid on a €60M transfer ahead of the 2019-20 season after a fantastic Bundesliga campaign at Eintracht Frankfurt where he scored 27 goals in 47 appearances in all competitions. He hasn’t found his scoring touch in Spain in large part because Karim Benzema has been playing so well and keeping him out of the lineup. He has really struggled for minutes — 0 starts, 11 appearances, and 250 minutes in La Liga this season.

I chatted with Managing Madrid managing editor Om Arvind to get the inside scoop on Jovic.

Basically Jovic hasn’t worked out at Madrid because of Benzema. That lack of playing time compounded and was compounded by Jovic’s form — he had a bad game or two, missed a chance here and there, and suddenly he’s hardly playing and had little chance to find his level in Spain.

There was some small off-field stuff that popped up early on: he broke quarantine in Serbia very early in the pandemic, for which he avoided a 6 month prison sentence, and that prompted the Serbian press to say he wasn’t taking his chance at RM seriously enough. Who knows whether that was truly his mentality or just a young player making poor decisions and the press jumping all over it.

Stylistic assessment: Ideal in a two up top. Great pseudo-target man. Has elite chest control and can control a variety of balls coming into him. Specializes in quick layoffs to teammates available for the 2nd ball and to players supporting out wide. This is his primary way of contributing outside the box.

He has some ball carrying sauce and quick feet but more as secondary attributes - not go-two weapons. His box movement plays off of this heavily. Loves to attack the area as his team approaches goal from out wide (usually after one of his layoffs) and will stop and le