It has been reported in recent months that Chelsea’s Demba Ba was a target for Arsenal during the summer.
Since then, the speculation linking him with a move to the Blues’ London rivals has calmed down significantly, but with Arsene Wenger surely looking to move for a new striker in January, Ba could be just about as good as anyone.
Ba has struggled to impress Jose Mourinho since the Portuguese boss’ return to Chelse, and with suggestions that Mourinho is again looking to add to his attacking options, the 28-year-old could, and should, be looking to move elsewhere.
Arsenal have had a fantastic first half to this year’s Premier League campaign with French hit-man Olivier Giroud leading the way, scoring eight times in 18 games.
Giroud has finally found the form that made him one of Europe’s most wanted strikers during his time in France with Montpellier, but lately he has looked a little fatigued.
Though he has shown that he is definitely good enough to lead the line for the Gunners, he simply cannot do it on his own.
Wenger’s only other real central striking options are Nicklas Bendtner and Yaya Sanogo, both of whom haven’t shown enough to suggest that they are good enough to replace Giroud.
Giroud is in need of a rest if Wenger is to expect him to keep up his good form – this is where Ba would come in.
First of all, he would be a realistic target for the Gunners due to the lack of playing time he is getting at his current club.
Secondly, he is a big, physical player, probably even more so than Giroud. He is the type of player that defenders hate playing against because he has the ability to bully them out of the game.
Finally, Ba would give Arsenal the option to play more direct. Though Wenger’s love of attractive football has lead the Gunners to the top of the pile, the Senegalese striker would give them a better aerial threat without the need to throw Per Mertesacker up front.
A loan move may be more favourable for both sides, but Ba could have a huge impact at Arsenal and could play a big part in bringing the Premier League title to the Emirates this season.
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