Arsenal are in severe danger of finishing outside the top four this season, so which strikers should Arsene Wenger look to bring to the Emirates Stadium this summer?
I've been told over and over again the key to get the balance right in a team is to get your defence right and you can build a solid foundation from there. But is this really the case? Maybe not. Look how Barcelona do it: they are 13 points clear at the top yet Pique and Puyol have been absolutely useless this year, concededing eight in their last five games.
United have also been heavily criticised for their poor defensive record, but they are 12 points clear at the top of the Premier League table. The previous statement is surely wrong then, no? If you score more than you concede you will win, obviously, so this is why I am starting with goalscorers and scrapping the defence comes first attitude, because clearly the best teams are the ones putting in the goals for pure fun.
Strikers then, this is what Arsenal need...
I have scoured the internet to compile a list of players who have been linked to Arsenal, apparently, some of obviously more likely to be tempted by the Gunners than others but with a reported cash balance of £115m, I think anything is possible.
1. Radamel Falcao (£40-45m)
In the FIFA Team of the Year in the centre forward role - a truly quality player who has a knack for scoring goals with 21 already this season in La Liga. But with a £40m buyout clause, it seems very unlikely considering Arsene's spending record.
2.David Villa (£10-15m)
Wenger is more likely to sign the ex-Valencia star, who has scored the most goals for the Spanish national team. Could leave the Nou Camp for just £10m in the summer.
3. Luis Suarez (£25-45m)
Being extremely optimistic here, a deal involving Suarez probably won't happen but if the right offer was made - say £45m - he could certainly leave in the summer if Liverpool fail to make the top four again.
4. Adrian Lopez (£5-10m)
Has been looking useless this season, spending much of the campaign on the bench because of Diego Costa's good form. Never hit the height of last season, could go very cheap.
5. Stefan Jovetic (£35m)
Been leading Fiorentina well this season, scoring goals, but apparently will cost about £35m - not worth it, for me.
6. Fernando Torres (£8-15m)
This one isn't a joke. No, seriously.
7. Carlos Vela (£4-6m)
Arsenal still have a buy-back clause of around £4m from Sociedad. With his form this season maybe it's wise to try him again - but it might be best to leave him be.
8. Eden Dzeko (£16-20m)
Dzeko has been unhappy at City because of his lack of minutes and could go for under £20m.
9. Antoine Griezmann (£2-8m)
The France Under-21 international has looked incredible at Real Sociedad this season. A youngster with bags of talent, Arsenal should go for it.
10. Wilfried Bony (£10-15m)
The Ivory Coast international has been in brilliant form for Vitesse and leads the Eredivisie top-scorers chart with 24 goals. Could the 'new Drobga' end up in north London?
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