One of the positions Wenger is keen to bolster is the attacking unit and the Gunners have been linked with a quite number of strikers ; Jovetic, Rooney and Higuain. Pundits see some of the targets as realistic while some others are simply labeled wishful thinking owing to Arsenal's rigid financial clout. I will like to share 5
realistic striking targets that Arsenal can get.
The Fiorentina forward has been perpetually linked with a summer switch to Arsenal. The Montenegro forward has been valued at 30 million Euros by the Serie A side. Yes, 30 million Euros is not beyond us if the report that we have good money in the bank is any true. Apart from the transfer fee, Arsenal can also afford his wages, he cannot command more than 100k Pounds wages per week for a start. If we are really interested, he is well within our reach. However, I must say there are better players who are more likely to hit the ground run at the same price.
This is one transfer that punters have labeled a wishful thinking for Arsenal. Not only because he is big name (which is a detour from Wenger's signings), he plays for Manchester United and earns an intimidating 250k Pounds weekly wages. Arsenal face a huge battle to convince Manchester United to sell their star player to a main domestic rival but should they do that, I believe his wages shouldn't be a problem. Though I doubt if Arsenal can match his 250k Pounds wages ( even Manchester United are looking to reduce it) but we can afford to give him 180k Pounds per week if only we can clear out the dead woods in the summer. Rooney is keen to leave Manchester United after dropping off the radar at Old Trafford. The English striker believes he is no longer the main man at United owing to the arrival of Van Persie who is now seen as Old Trafford's beautiful bride. Last summer, they convinced Van Persie to ditch Arsenal in search of silverware, this summer, we can convince to Rooney to join us that he will be the main man at Arsenal.
The Chelsea striker was on loan at West Brom last season and proved his mettle in the course of the season. With Mourinho returning to Chelsea, he might want to take him back to play the Drogba role but should Chelsea get one of their high profile striking targets (Lewandowski, Falcao, Gomez), they might be open to letting go of their young Belgian forward. Also, Lukaku after seeing the rewards of a regular berth, he won't want to return to the bench. West Brom offered him regular football but Arsenal can offer him much more; regular football, UEFA Champions League football and shot at silverware. Should Mourinho decide to sell or he decide to leave, Wenger should look his way. Their loss might just be our gain and he won't cost more than 15 million Pounds.
The Belgian forward was another shining star in the Premier League last season with 23 goals in his maiden season and helping Aston Villa escape the drop. The Villains are keen to commit him to a longer contract but the former forward is willing to consider his options to other top clubs. I believe he is a player Wenger should seriously consider; he is young, prolific, agile, quick, strong and already has Premier League experience. Certainly, his value has increased from the peanuts the midland club paid for him but even at that, it is still within our reach. The only fear I have is that he might find the form of last season difficult to replicate
next season. Second season syndrome is something that affects some players. Benteke can play as a lone striker in 4-3-3 or with another striker through the centre in a 4-4-2 formation.
The Porto forward is a good striker by all standards though he isn't the stellar name Arsenal fans might be clamouring for but who cares about the name provided he can deliver the goods. He is pacy, strong with a good nose for goals. He wouldn't command huge wages and I am sure he will be open to a move to the Premier League which is a step up from the Portuguese Liga. The only problem is that he might not come cheaply. The Columbian was bought as a replacement for Hulk. Porto don't see any player as indispensable but neither do they tolerate pricing down of their players. If Arsenal want Martinez, they must be ready to pay a little bit over the odds for him.
To other news, seems Gervinho's union with Arsenal is on the brink of dissolution. After just 2 seasons at the Emirates, the Ivorian now seems surplus to requirements. He started last season well but he dropped off the pecking order after some woeful performances especially in front of goal. He was dropped but got back into reckoning in the middle of the 2nd half of the season when he gave some decent performances but in the final few games of the season, he didn't even make it onto the field as a starter or substitute. Seems Wenger is contemplating his sale and has already prepared for life post of him with his deployment of Cazorla to the left and with Walcott making the right wing his own, the Gunners are not likely going to miss him. Should Arsenal receive a bid of 10 million Pounds, they should sell Gervinho to avert having another Chamakh in their hands.
That's all for this morning. See you all in the comments.