Arsenal are in desperate need of a striker to fill the void left by Robin Van Persie. Even though Wenger replaced the Dutchman with Giroud and Podolski, last season proved that they are not quite the class that Arsenal required.
The Gunners pipped North London rivals Tottenham to fourth place by only one point last season, and it is thought that their lack of attacking prowess was the reason for their relatively poor form.
Arsene Wenger was reportedly given a £70 million war chest with a marquee striker at the top of the agenda. They were reportedly close to sealing a deal for Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain, before he opted to move to Napoli with Arsenal failing to stump up the extra cash. The Gunners are now strongly pursuing their interest in Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, but they have been rebuffed after making an offer in excess of £40m.
So let us look at other realistic targets who manager Arsene Wenger could move for if he is unsuccessful with his bid for the Liverpool forward.
The charismatic forward is considering his future at Old Trafford after being told he would be second fiddle to main man Robin van Persie at the club, and wants to play the central role, where he has been played sparingly in recent times. Arsenal remain keen on him, but Chelsea have also shown interest.
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61 goals in two years is still a fantastic return for a frustrated forward who would become the focal point of Arsenal’s inconsistent attack. A great fit in their 4-2-3-1 formation, Rooney would make the most of the team’s creative influence, with Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere pulling the strings in midfield.
The 27-year old attacker is entering the prime of his career, and his addition at Arsenal could be enough to make them a title challenger, for real.
The Bosnian striker grew frustrated last term after being labelled as a supersub, and despite the limited game time he receives, comes with a record of 40 goals in 104 appearances since arriving in England in January 2011.
The 27 year old has finished up with 14 league goals two years in a row, and Gary Neville believes the City forward could easy reach the 20 goal mark if he’s made a regular fixture at a smaller club. Measuring in at 6 foot 4, Dzeko is hardly the epitome of the Arsenal style, but his strong and lanky frame could provide a platform for the likes of Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott to play off of, whilst he could also balance out the first team’s lack of aerial ability.
Speculation surrounding Dzeko isn’t exactly overwhelming at the moment, but he emerged as a strike target for Arsene Wenger earlier in the season, whilst others have suggested a move back to Germany could be on the cards. City have brought in two centre forwards to replace Tevez and Balotelli so Dzeko may find himself down the pecking order once again if Jovetic and Negredo flourish without forgetting about Augero.
Ever since Jose Mourinho returned to Chelsea, the future of Fernando Torres has remained unclear. There have been contrasting reports as to whether the Spaniard will be part of Mourinho’s plans next season after scoring just 15 goals in his last 82 Premier League outings.
The Spanish striker has a long-term deal, but he could be allowed to leave the club if a significant offer is made for his services. Earlier this summer, Arsenal were linked with the 29-year-old, and despite their interest cooling in recent weeks, it is not impossible that Wenger could explore this avenue before the end of the transfer window.
Torres prefers to work the channels, makes space for himself with a quick shift in direction and is not always possessed of an assured first touch outside the penalty area. Utilising Torres as Arsenal’s focal point could inject more penetration, penalty box threat and pace into their attack.
Hamsik scored 11 goals last season and was Napoli’s second top scorer behind the recently departed Edinson Cavani. He also created 100 chances and weighed in with 14 assists. He would be a brilliant false no 9, in the sense that he is excellent at arriving late in the box and he is happy dropping in-between the lines to create space for team-mates.What he adds to the team is faster attack play with his creative passing and dribbling coupled with pace.
Hamsik’s biggest asset that he could bring to the club would be his ability to be in the right place at the right time. He has an eye for goal that Wenger could continue to mold, and his eye for the key pass is there, but could still produce more.
If he wanted to Wenger could create an extremely fluent front four of Hamsik, Walcott, Podolski and Cazorla. Others could switch in depending on form or fitness of course.
With Premier League experience already under his belt and 22 goals last season for Swansea, the Spanish striker Michu would be an excellent addition for the Gunners.
Playing in an adapted 4-2-3-1 at Swansea, similar to Arsenal, Michu would be able to fit in well at the Emirates, playing either as a central striker or in a withdrawn role, but his versatility is attractive to a team who likes to rotate their attacking options in the game. Known for his clinical finishing and off the ball runs. Michu thrived under the creative influence of Pablo Hernandez and Jonathan de Guzman last season, and with the likes of Santi Cazorla & Theo Walcott at Arsenal, Michu could have a greater impact.
In Michu, we could be getting back some of the skills we missed from the exit of Van Persie. The Spaniard is good at keeping the ball, linking up play and also setting up others. He would cope well playing as the lone striker, as a supporting striker or the main striker alongside another forward that could be Giroud.
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