Three forwards Arsenal could sign in the January transfer window

Iqbal Johal takes a look at three potential attacking transfer targets for Arsenal in the forthcoming January window

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Despite recently turning 34, Ibrahimovic still keeps proving himself to be one of the leading strikers in world football. He has scored 20 times in 25 appearances this season, including six crucial goals for Sweden which helped them qualify for Euro 2016. With 120 goals in 146 PSG outings since joining in 2012, it seems as the Swede has never left his prime. He was linked heavily to Arsenal in the summer but with his contract expiring next June, a cut-price deal could potentially be on the cards in January. The main area that Arsenal need to strengthen is in attack as apart from Oliver Giroud, injuries have meant striking options are scarce as the Gunners push for a first league title since 2004. The Swede still has all the attributes he had five years ago dispute his advancing years, and would surely be the striker Arsenal have so desperately lacked in recent years.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

The highly sought-after Gabon international has been in remarkable form this season for Dortmund. He has so far scored 17 Bundesliga goals in just 14 appearances, 25 goals in all competitions. Altogether, he has netted 66 times in 117 outings for the German giants and is one of Europe’s hottest goal-scoring properties. A versatile attacker who can play anywhere in a front three or just behind, he is regarded as one of the fastest players in the game, who is extremely quick on the ball as well. These types of attributes makes him an exciting prospect for English clubs and one that could be the difference between Arsenal winning the title. He might be rated at £42m but Arsene Wenger has shown in recent seasons his apparent willingness to spend money when essential. With a lack of striking options and injuries to boot, Aubameyang is a must buy in January.

Mario Mandzukic

With talk of Gonzalo Higuain or Karim Benzema joining Arsenal apparently now non-existent, a more viable target could be the Juventus hit-man. Linked to the Gunners last year, the Croat certainly has the pedigree to fit the bill at The Emirates. Best known for scoring in the 2013 Champions League final for Bayern, the 29-year-old has moved on twice since then. Last season, he netted 20 times for Atletico Madrid before moving to Juventus last summer. He has found it hard to adapt to life in Italy, scoring only three times in Serie A, as the Italian champions have struggled for the most part. While only half a season in to his spell at Juventus, a move to Arsenal could suit both parties, despite the Italian club being likely to want to keep hold of him until at least the end of the season.

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