Three strikers Arsenal could sign instead of Karim Benzema
Dimitri Kondonis examines three potential alternatives for Arsenal if they fail to land Real Madrid Karim Benzema
The tall Spanish forward could provide the Gunners with ample ammunition to sustain a Premier League title challenge for the season ahead. Thirty year-old Fernando Llorente was a huge hit at Athletic Bilbao, where he spent most of his career before a free transfer to Serie A with Juventus. And with an abundance of strength, matched with aerial presence and good finishing, the Spaniard has a powerful all-round game which could step up Arsenal’s attack. Although he is of similar stature to Olivier Giroud, so Arsene Wenger would have to consider the potential implications of such a signing.
The Gabon international forward could provide a utility option upfront, a trait which Wenger has been known to favour – just look at Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck. With an ability to play out-wide or upfront, the 26-year-old scored 16 goals in 31 Bundesliga appearances last season for Borussia Dortmund. And with 24 goals in 48 appearances for club and country last season, Aubameyang is undoubtedly the sort of forward who would interest the Gunners. Managing to pry him away from Dortmund, however, may prove to be a difficult task, however, although they have a record of moving on their best players every season.
Finally, France forward Alexandre Lacazette would offer a similar utility choice as Aubameyang would – as well as being two years younger. With a clinical 27 goals to his name in 33 appearances in Ligue 1 last season for Lyon, Lacazette would appear to be the strongest option of the three strikers listed. He can play behind the striker or on either wing, but his with his lethal eye for goal he would be best utilised in a central position. And as the youngest option of all, Lacazette would definitely be tempting for Wenger – not to mention another chance for the Gunners boss to link up with another France international. But the high-profile forward would cost a large portion of Wenger’s transfer kitty, and plenty of forwards have succeeded in France’s top tier and fallen short in England – so any large outlay has the potential to backfire.