Arsenal the perfect remedy for Dimitar Berbatov

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Well, well, well. January is only a few weeks away, Arsenal are in desperate need of some centre-forward back-up, and now we hear that Dimitar Berbatov has decided he has had enough of Craven Cottage.

It isn't going well for the Cottagers at the moment: a dismal run of results has seen them slip down the table, manager Martin Jol is shown the exit door and now their, arguably, most influential player wants to follow the Dutchman out of it.

Meanwhile, it is going very well at Emirates Stadium, as a consistent start to the season has seen them open  up a four-point gap at the summit of the Premier League and Arsene Wenger's side are looking as dominant as ever.

One reason for this is the form of Olivier Giroud; the France international has combined a relentless work-rate, deft inter-play and some traditional battering ram play to bring an original dimension to the Arsenal forward line.

The only problem is, there isn't really anyone else to do it. Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott can both operate in the centre-forward role, but the former is coming to the end of three months out with a hamstring injury and the latter has only just returned - never mind neither of them looking even as close as convincing as Giroud.

Giroud is almost undroppable at the moment and manager Arsene Wenger will be concerned about fatigue, and then injury creeping in, what with the volume of games he is playing

"I don't usually speculate as nobody knows what will happen in January but what I can tell you is he (Berbatov) is not happy at Fulham," said Berbatov's agent.

"He would like, if possible, to find another option. I cannot comment (on whether there has been any approach) but the priority is to find a solution to stay in England," he said.

It would seem to be a match made in heaven, despite the fact that the Bulgarian is woefully out of form, as he is also out of contract come the end fo the season.

Berbatov has proven class, a track-record of scoring in the Premier League, it exceptionally good when on his game and has experience of a successful title challenge - it's as if all Arsenal's prayers have been answered.

However, such is the nature of the league at the moment that there are also a few other clubs on the lookout for a decent striker.

Berbatov may be 32 now but he has shown at times in the past year or so that he is still one of the classiest players around when in the mood; the only problem is when he doesn't fancy a battle, it's hard to think of someone who can look more disinterested.

Perhaps, though, joining the side at the top of Premier League can 'relight his fire' and help him rediscover his mojo. At Arsenal he would not have the creative burden he currently carries at Fulham and would play with a far superior supporting class, making more chances and allowing him to create more.

Berbatov is no spring chicken and not playing every game could well be beneficial for him to maintain a certain standard of performance, while the Gunners would benefit from his exceptional technique and link play. It would mean there would be no shortfall when Giroud is required to rest or, eventually, loses form.

His contract expires in the summer so would not be a risk for Wenger on a short-term deal and, if he does well, the former Tottenham Hotspur striker would at least convince one of Europe's bigger sides to offer him a deal come the summer.

The addition of one more top-class centre-forward to the Arsenal ranks could be the catalyst for them to keep fuelling their surprising title challenge.

Imagine this: Mesut Özil, Aaron Ramsey, Santoi Cazorla, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Lukas Podolski, Olivier add Berbatov. Make it happen, Wenger.

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