Arsenal: Five strikers Wenger should pursue

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With Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh heading to the African Nations Cup for a month and Arsene Wenger’s reluctance to play Park Chu-Young in the Barclays Premier League, Arsenal will be relying even more heavily on Robin van Persie in the New Year.

The Dutchman has been absolutely sensational in 2011 with 33 league goals for the Gunners, but if anything happened to him there would be serious concerns reverberating around The Emirates.

His manager has admitted as much, and has hinted that he may bring in striking reinforcements in the window.

“Hopefully we do not get any injuries to our strikers but if an opportunity turns up in that department then we will buy. Maybe we will have some opportunities because we are in a good situation.”

GiveMeFootball has drawn up a list of players that Arsenal could sign to improve their firepower and help out Van Persie. Who would you chase?

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)

The French forward has established himself in the Real Madrid starting eleven this season and scored 14 times in 23 games, including the opener in double quick time in the El Classico on Saturday, but reports have still linked him with a switch to North London.

Sadly for Arsenal these stories have their prized asset Van Persie moving in the other direction, but if they could stump up a straight cash offer it may tempt Real to sell and unite Wenger with another of his compatriots.

Jefferson Farfan (Schalke 04)

Blessed with unbelievable pace, the ability to play through the middle or on the flanks and a contract that expires in the summer, Farfan may be an attractive option for Arsenal.

He has been linked with the club for a number of months now with Andrei Arshavin potentially moving to Schalke as part of the deal in exchange. Although he has never been a prolific scorer, Farfan may prove to fit the bill for a knockdown fee and could make an impact in England.

David Villa (Barcelona)

Rumours are abound that Pep Guardiola is willing to let David Villa leave the Camp Nou because of his reluctance to play second fiddle to Lionel Messi, with the arrivals of Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas pushing the ex-Valencia man down the pecking order.

Villa could strike up an unbelievable partnership with Van Persie that would be the stuff of dreams for the Arsenal faithful, but if Wenger wants to stay loyal to his 4-3-3 system then the Spanish international has proved he can be effective playing from the left for both his national team and the Catalan giants.

Considering he cost in excess of £30 million when he signed 18 months ago and Barcelona would be hoping for a similar fee, the signing may be just out of Arsenal’s reach.

Lukas Podolski (FC Koln)

With 13 goals in 14 Bundesliga starts this season, Podolski is in tremendous form and his contract ends in 2013.

The German has left Koln before and endured a disappointing time at Bayern Munich, even being demoted to their second team for a spell when Luca Toni came in. Podolski then returned to his hometown club and is playing the best football of his career.

The Bayern experience may have scarred him but Podolski is more mature now at 26 years old and is another versatile player who could do a job as a centre forward or on the wing.

And the mission impossible...

Fernando Torres (Chelsea)

Apparently available for a cut-price £20 million, Wenger could be tempted to take a gamble on the Chelsea misfit.

Torres was scintillating when he was at Liverpool with electric pace and unerring finishing ability as he took the Barclays Premier League by storm scoring 65 league goals in 102 games.

His 3 goals in 25 appearances for Chelsea in the league is far from impressive but if Wenger can stoke the fires within the Spanish forward £20 million would seem like a bargain.

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