Arsenal reportedly had representatives present at Porto’s game against Benfica to run the rule over Jackson Martinez, according reports in the Portuguese press.
The 27 year old has attracted the interest of a number of clubs following his fine form in the Portuguese league, scoring 38 goals in 45 starts since joining from Chiapas.
The report states that Chelsea were rumoured to be strongly interested in Martinez but following the season-ending injury to Theo Walcott, Arsene Wenger has stepped up his interest in the Colombian hit man.
It further states that the Gunners had somebody in Portugal yesterday watching Benfica beat Porto and it’s likely that they were there for Jackson Martinez. The Colombian international recently revealed that he’s a lifelong Arsenal fan and would jump at the chance to play for a club like the Gunners.
Arsene Wenger is thought to be keen to bring in a striker this month having been overly reliant of Olivier Giroud so far this season. Nicklas Bendtner is still thought to be three weeks away from a return to action while Lukas Podolski is still working his way back to match fitness. With Walcott now being ruled out for the entire season, Wenger has been left short of options up front.
Martinez is an out and out striker, who is technically sound and can link up well with the midfielder. He makes good runs, he can run with the ball and he has a real desire to get the ball into the net. He also has the ability to score from long range shots.
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Although he’s never played in the Premier League, his incredible strength combined with his pace and ability to score could combine to devastating effect in North London.
He is also a regular scorer in the Champion’s League, demonstrating that he is a relatively good performer at the top level of European Football. He will be a good buy as he can play as a lone striker and also on the wings owing to his pace and skill and would prove a good counter-part for Giroud while also doubling as a replacement for Walcott.
He has a buyout clause of €40 million, however there’s a chance Arsenal could get him for less as he’s made it clear he won’t sign a new contract and has made up his mind on leaving. He would be an excellent signing and would give us an additional weapon in the quest to end our trophy drought.
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