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Carlos Bacca would be a dream signing for Arsenal

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Lazy. Drama queen. Primadonna. Underwhelming. Useless.

All of these words have been associated with Olivier Giroud by Arsenal's supporters this season, as the Frenchman has again flattered to deceive with his performances.

He has struggled in the majority of games to hold the ball up as a lone striker, and he scores nowhere near the number of goals required of a striker for a title-challenging side.

Arsene Wenger was heavily criticised in January for failing to sign a centre-forward to help Giroud out, and it is unthinkable that he will not do so in the summer after the Frenchman's dreadful second half of this season.

Diego Costa, Karim Benzema, Josip Drmic and even Mario Balotelli have had their names thrown around as possible signings, but if Wenger wants a fantastic value-for-money signing, he should look no further than Sevilla's Carlos Bacca.

The Colombian, a £6.75million summer signing from Club Brugge, has been in fine form this season, scoring 20 goals in all competitions, and he has the sort of attributes in his build-up play that Arsenal crave.

He plays as a lone striker in Sevilla's 4-2-3-1 formation, not at all dissimilar to that of Arsenal in that the wide players often drift inside, and forms a lethal partnership with Ivan Rakitic in behind him.

Rakitic is actually a remarkably similar player to Mesut Ozil, although the Croatian does admittedly get back and defend more, but going forward they have the same style of play.

Bacca's strength is that he can hold up the ball cleverly, and he posses a series of tricks and flicks which can release players like Jose Antonio Reyes, Vitolo, Rakitic and Kevin Gameiro down the flanks.

When Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski are all fit, Arsenal do have a wealth of pacy options down both flanks, which Bacca can use well.

His first touch is fantastic and his finishes is among the best in La Liga.

In the midst of speculation that he could move to Everton, Bacca told Radio Marca: "Everyone dreams of going to great teams, but I'm already in one; I'm focused on doing my best to finish off what has been a great season.

I hope to be among the 23-man squad for the World Cup and then return back to Sevilla. I have a five-year contract to honour and I've just got here."

However, this sort of pledge has often been made and dishonoured by players in the past, and with a release clause as low as £9million, Arsenal should act before the World Cup starts if possible; depending on Radamel Falcao's injury, he could form a partnership with Jackson Martinez for Colombia, which has been lethal in the past. 

After another well-taken goal on Thursday night against Porto, Bacca will be interesting managers all over Europe, and Arsenal fans will be hoping that Wenger is among them, as talkSPORT have reported.

With a man like Bacca leading the line, Arsenal would be able to spend big in other areas, such as right-back, where they will likely be looking for a replacement for the unsettled Bacary Sagna.

He may well be the perfect signing for the Gunners.


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