Three strikers Arsenal could sign in January transfer window
Martin Caparrotta takes a look at three possible attacking January transfer targets for Arsenal
News of Alexis Sanchez’s injury setback has come as a significant blow to Arsenal’s title hopes. The talismanic Chile international picked up a hamstring strain during the second half of Sunday’s draw at Norwich, and while the length of his lay-off is yet to be confirmed, one would expect him to be out of action for at least around a month. Real Madrid striker Jese Rodriguez has been touted as a possible transfer target for the north London club in recent days and his lack of playing time at The Bernabeu may suggest that he is willing to quit the Spanish club. The 22-year-old Spaniard has only started four league games for Real Madrid this season but has managed to notch up two goals and one assist in seven top-flight outings. Metro reports that the north London side are weighing up a swoop for the forward. Could he be the man to fire Arsenal to their first title since 2004?
Despite Arsenal’s stuttering form in November – with Arsene Wenger’s men only picking up two points from a possible nine – they remain just two points from the top of the Premier League table heading into December. Make no mistake, this is Arsenal’s best shot at winning the league in years, and Wenger would be foolish not to dip into the January transfer market to bolster his squad following the club’s latest spate of injuries. Mauro Icardi has quickly developed into one of the most-coveted young strikers in Europe and has been linked with both Chelsea and Liverpool in recent months. The Inter Milan captain has made 12 appearances in Serie A so far this season, scoring four goals and notching up one assist. The only stumbling block could be his price-tag – Inter want £35m for him and that would represent a significant splurge for reluctant transfer dealer Wenger.
Another name touted as a possible target for the north London club in January, Celta Vigo forward Nolito could well fit the bill and be available for a more affordable fee than Icardi. The 29-year-old Spaniard has been in sensational form for Celta so far this season, scoring eight goals and notching up four assists in 13 La Liga games. His performances have not gone unnoticed around Europe, and Arsenal are said to have been keeping an eye on the striker in recent weeks. A technically gifted forward, Nolito likes to play with the ball on the ground, and would surely slot seamlessly into the Gunners’ set-up at The Emirates. The only problem could be the fact that Barcelona are also reportedly interested in his services.