Arsenal would be mad to pay £15m for Demba Ba

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Arsenal have been linked with an outrageously large £15m bid for Chelsea's reserve striker Demba Ba.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is said to be desperate to sign a forward in January, as the Frenchman has heavily relied on Olivier Giroud to lead his side's line in all 11 of Arsenal's Premier League fixtures so far this season.

Arsenal's only real alternative to Giroud is Nicklas Bendtner, who is yet to hit the back of the net for the Premier League's early pacesetters.

That has left Wenger with no option but to play Giroud in the majority of his side's games.

Giroud has produced the goods for Arsenal this season by scoring eight goals in 19 games for the Gunners.

However Wenger and his Arsenal teammates fear the striker could suffer from burn out towards the end of the campaign.

Giroud's close friend Laurent Koscielny recently said on his Arsenal teammate: "It's true that he's not scoring but he is setting them up, like he did against Dortmund.

"But he's also playing game after game and hasn't had a rest, so maybe he's feeling a bit of fatigue.

"He's very important for us - strong and always answers the call on the pitch.

"If you look at the games, he weighs enormously on the opposition's defence. All the balls he wins are in the air with his back to goal. He works very hard up front."

Koscielny obviously has the inside track on Giroud's fitness, so the problem needs to be addressed.

However is Ba really the solution to Arsenal's striking problem?

The former Newcastle striker has scored one goal in his last 12 games for Chelsea and that was a late strike against Schalke, when the Blues were already 2-0 up.

Ba would probably be willing to play second fiddle to Giroud - but his record at Stamford Bridge proves that he has failed to make the grade at a top Premier League side.

The 28-year-old has not been able to replicate his fine Newcastle form at Chelsea - but he is the kind of player who needs to be playing week-in, week-out.

Arsenal would not be able to offer Ba regular first-team football, so a move to the Emirates Stadium would not suit the Senegal international.

Wenger should instead go for a player who would actually strengthen his starting line-up - such as Karim Benzema or Diego Costa - rather than his squad.

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