Arsenal transfers: Five strikers the Gunners could sign in January
Arsenal transfers: Paddy Dinham looks at five strikers that Arsene Wenger could try to sign in the January window
The proven one; Not only is Edin Dzeko very similar in style to Olivier Giroud but he also has Premier League experience. Unlike any of Arsenal’s current players, he knows what it is like to hold England’s prized trophy. The Bosnian has two-and-a-half seasons of Premier League football under his belt and has scored 14 goals in consecutive seasons, despite not always being in the starting line-up. Manchester City would only do business if they did not see the Gunners as a serious title rival. However, like at the Citizens, the former Wolfsburg man would have to fight to establish himself as first-choice striker at The Emirates due to Giroud’s current form. Both players are strong in the air and intelligent off the ball. At 27 years old, Dzeko is in his prime and City may look to recoup the £27m they paid for him in 2011.
The marquee one; Arsene Wenger was interested in signing Karim Benzema and Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid in the summer before eventually getting Mesut Ozil. If he decides to redouble his efforts in January, the club will presumably get a glowing reference from their former team-mate. Di Maria has been a key player for Madrid this season so will not be for sale at any price but Benzema could be a different story. Despite a good start to the campaign, there are still some in the Bernabeu who prefer the home-grown youngsters Alvaro Morata and Jese Rodriguez. Signing a player of Benzema’s calibre would send out another message of intent to the chasing pack and shorten their title odds at most bookmakers. The fact he is getting first-team football with Madrid may prove a stumbling block, as would being ineligible to play in Europe.
The forgotten one; No matter how consistent Giuseppe Rossi is, he still has the reputation in England of a player deemed surplus to requirements at Manchester United. The facts, though, tell that Rossi has been one of Europe’s deadliest marksmen over the past few years. He has reached double figures in four consecutive seasons now and has scored 11 in 12 this campaign. At 26, he still has a long career ahead of him and would relish the chance to play in the Premier League. He is unproven in the English top flight but boasts an impressive record in both La Liga and Serie A. He may be expensive as he was only signed last year but would be an accomplished option to take some of the pressure off Giroud.
The highly-rated one; Arsenal know all about Michu – the Spaniard has scored three in five games against them. In fact the whole of the country knows about him, equally clinical in the air or with his left foot. He is not only a good goal-scorer but his link up play is first class. He averages a goal every two games but has looked a little quieter this season as he plays behind Wilfried Bony, a position he supposedly prefers. He looked more at home as an out-and-out striker last season, which is where he would play at The Emirates given the volume of Arsenal’s attacking midfield options. Swansea’s reluctance to sell their star man may mean the Gunners have to fork out serious money for the 27-year-old, although they would see a return on their investment in terms of goals and he would provide fantastic competition.
The young one; Antoine Griezmann is also likely to be the cheapest out of the five potential targets. The Frenchman showed plenty of raw talent both up front and on the left as unfancied Real Sociedad qualified for the Champions League and is now putting in consistent performances, scoring seven in his last five. He has a great touch, is lighting quick and can finish with his head. Griezmann only turned 22 earlier this year and is continuing to improve at a rapid rate. On the brink of a first France call up, he would relish a move with Sociedad struggling domestically and in Europe. Unfortunately it does not look like there will be a World Cup spot for him to fight for.