Arsenal were strongly linked with Swansea City forward Michu last summer after the Spaniard scored 18 goals in his debut Premier League campaign. But, on the evidence of this season, the Gunners swerved a bullet when the Swans made it clear they had no intention of selling.
While Michu is undoubtedly an excellent finisher, he doesn’t appear to be a striker of the very highest class, which is what Arsenal required last summer and still require now. Indeed, Arsene Wenger’s failure to recruit another top-class striker is one of the reasons why the Gunners have failed to win this season’s Premier League title.
Olivier Giroud has his strengths, but he also has more than his fair share of weaknesses, and often needs several chances before managing to hit the back of the net. The France international’s goalscoring record against the big teams is also poor, while negative off-field headlines aren’t befitting of any player privileged enough to represent Arsenal Football Club.
Wenger will have money to sign another striker this summer - and, with Nicklas Bendtner leaving the club, there’s no doubt the Frenchman will already have a shortlist drawn up of potential new recruits.
Michu is unlikely to be on the list after an injury-hit campaign which has seen him score two Premier League goals in 12 appearances, but his Swansea City teammate Wilfried Bony ought to be.
The 25-year-old has been fantastic this season - not only in the games against the teams around Swansea in the league table, but also against the Premier League’s big boys. He scored on the opening day of the season against Manchester United, netted two brilliant goals in a stunning individual performance against Manchester City on New Years Day, scored twice against Liverpool a month later, and netted two goals against Everton and Arsenal in the space of three days in March.
Billed as the next Didier Drogba thanks to his Ivory Coast connections as much as his playing style, Bony earned his big-money move to the Premier League last summer after scoring 37 goals in 36 matches for Vitesse.
There’s always an element of doubt over a player who arrives from the Eredivisie - thoughts instantly turn to the likes of Afonso Alves and Mateja Kezman rather than Ruud van Nistelrooy and Luis Suarez - but Bony has been a revelation at the Liberty Stadium this season.
He’s also been the Welsh club’s saviour. Bony was the coolest man inside St James’ Park in the dying seconds of the match between Newcastle United and Swansea City on Saturday afternoon. His brilliantly converted penalty not only completed his brace, but also secured a vital three points for Garry Monk’s side, who will owe their star man a pats on the back if they steer clear of relegation over the next few weeks.
Bony is a fearless competitor, who leads the line superbly for his club. He would be a superb acquisition for Arsenal - and could even become the Gunners’ version of Didier Drogba.
Even against the Premier League’s biggest and best defenders, he has managed to shine. In fact, the better the opposition, the more fired up he appears.
Arsenal need more players like this - players with character, backbone and a point to prove.
So, Arsene, what are you waiting for?
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