Right now is a pretty good time to be Arsenal fan, I’m sure you’ll all agree.
The trials and tribulations of last season, which promised a sense of foreboding for Arsene Wenger’s at the club’s helm have been put to rest, the shaky and unconvincing side that failed to keep up with the big boys of English football is currently doing just that and, due to the stringent financial tactics they maintained over the last few years, it finally looks like fans can expect them to pay serious money for the world’s best players.
Such good fortunes have transformed them in little over a year from perennial underachievers to realistic Premier League title challengers. What’s more, they can now set their sights to the top of the transfer market safe in the knowledge that they have the pedigree to compete for the signatures they need to propel them to success.
So what ingredients do the Gunners need to ensure that they realise their current potential and, for the first time since 2005, trump their rivals to a major trophy?
If you were to take a poll around the Emirates this very minute the answer you would likely get is a striker. Someone who can be relied upon to find the back of the net more often than not and either provide Olivier Giroud with realistic competition for a place or complement the Frenchman when played alongside him.
In my mind it’s been a mixed bag in terms of strikers being linked with the Emirates. From Konstantinos Mitroglou to Karim Benzema, we’ve seen a host of stars finding their way onto Arsene Wenger’s seemingly endless ‘January wish-list’. But there's one name that leaps out from the others, and he just happens to also be frequently named in connection with Manchester United. His name? Edinson Cavani.
The Paris Saint-Germain striker, though sitting at the top end of any budget Wenger may have at £55million, is an ideal fit for Arsenal in the current climate and his goal record speaks for itself.
Rumours are steadily pushing behind the notion that the Uruguayan hit-man is ever so slightly unsettled at Paris Saint-Germain, in part due to the standard of France’s ‘elite’ division and in part down to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s unquestionable status as the Parisian outfit’s No.1 striker.
This should be sufficient enough to force Wenger’s hand in attempting to bring Cavani to the Premier League. If there is the slightest scrap of doubt then the Frenchman should attempt to manipulate it so that he can add the proverbial icing to his masterfully assembled cake.
There’s no question that Arsenal need to find a top striker before the end of this window if they harbour any hopes of finishing above the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City. Their squad is bursting with creative talent but if they can’t find that lethal finishing touch, the sort that Thierry Henry offered, then they risk losing out when it matters most.
The captures of Mesut Ozil and Mathieu Flamini were masterstrokes in the summer, if Wenger can replicate such success by enticing Cavani to the Emirates then there’s no reason why they won’t be able to continue their charge for the title.