Arsenal fans, along with many football pundits, agree that Arsene Wenger must open his chequebook this month to buy a striker, if he hopes to end Arsenal’s trophy drought this season.
Wenger broke the habit of a lifetime last summer when he spent big on the signing of Mesut Ozil but Arsenal fans are now calling for Wenger to spend again this January.
Arsenal have enjoyed a great first half to the season which includes qualification from a difficult Champions League group, a long run at the top of the Premier League table and victory over local rivals Tottenham in the FA Cup 3rd round, however questions over Olivier Giroud’s ability to lead the Arsenal front line remain.
Giroud has scored 11 times for the Gunners this season but, with the majority of those goals coming in the first two months of the season, Giroud has struggled for form of late. Giroud’s lack of goals along with the fact that Arsenal have only two recognised senior strikers in their squad has led to fans asking for the club to sign a new striker to rival Giroud.
Karim Benzema was linked with Arsenal in the summer transfer window but the move never materialised. Benzema has also been linked with Arsenal in recent weeks but this move seems highly unlikely, unless Real Madrid sign a big name striker themselves.
Wenger dismissed rumours of his club making a move for former Tottenham and Manchester United star Dimitar Berbatov earlier this week and the latest reports suggest Wenger is searching for a player who can lead Arsenal’s attack in the long term rather than just a quick fix to the clubs striker problem.
Jackson Martinez of Porto has been linked with Arsenal in recent weeks and her set the rumour mill alight in the last week when he revealed that he wanted to play in the Premier League and that he was a childhood Arsenal fan. Martinez is tall, fast and an exceptional finisher who would fit in with Arsenal’s style of play.The only problems with this deal are that Martinez is valued at £30 million by his club and would be cup tied for the Champions League.
Diego Costa, the in-form Atletico Madrid striker, was rumoured to be Arsenal’s main target this January but Wenger was quick to play down the rumours, saying that Arsenal couldn't afford the sum that Atletico would demand. It is widely believed that Costa’s buy-out clause is £32 million, an amount which Arsenal could definitely afford, which has now lead to speculation that Wenger is playing mind games before making an approach, as he did before the summer signing of Mesut Ozil.
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