Three striker targets for Arsenal this summer

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The Arsenal fans still cry out for a striker to join them. We are yet to know where exactly Alexis Sanchez will play and the return of Joel Campbell adds another forward to the team but is it wiser to bring in a defined striker.

The three strikers below have all been linked to Arsenal this Summer and it will be a very interesting season if one of these big names were to come into the Arsenal squad.

Edinson Cavani:

This is a name that has been circling the media for a while now and with Ibrahimovic at the club, the spotlight seems to be always taken for the Uruguayan striker.

Ever since his big money move to Paris, Cavani hasn't been able to show his full potential despite being an experienced striker already. Before the move, while he was the main man at Napoli, Cavani looked good and fired them into title contention.

He was a fan favourite and dominated the Serie A league with a clinical goal scoring record. So how does this all link to the Premier League, and more precisely, Arsenal? As far as the fans are concerned, the move is a direct match.

The North London club are in need of a striker and a 'big' name to fill in their classic number 9 role and Cavani provides that quality and added fear to Premier League defenders. The South American partnership up top with Alexis Sanchez seems almost gold and as seen last season, Uruguayans in the Premier League don't play too badly.

The fact the fans have so much influence at Arsenal must tell Wenger and Cavani something and hopefully he can re-live his spotlight moments, like at Napoli, with help from the top quality midfielders Arsenal have including Ozil, Ramsey, Wilshere, Walcott and Cazorla.


Likewise, the Italian forward Mario Balotelli plays the classic number 9 role very well. Every football fan surely must have heard of Balotelli whether it be for his goal-scoring record, his hair styles, his range of fights and scraps on and off the field or the antics he gets up to on a Friday night in his bathroom.

Whatever the reason, there's no denying that this striker is top quality for his age. It seems the majority of people rule out the idea of the ex-Manchester City trouble maker joining Arsenal to be the main striker; this is down to his strong character and attitude towards training, fitness and football, and they argue that his presence will downgrade the team morale and quality.

Some have argued that Arsene Wenger could tame him exactly the same as he did with Patrick Vieira and add that ferociousness and feisty side that the old Arsenal once held.

Imagine a tamed and disciplined Balotelli; the man could catch up with Shearer on goals over his Premier League career. Every year at Arsenal, there is speculation revolving around every player and yet again we have more.

Balotelli could cost the Gunners as little as £20 million and seeing as David Luiz just went for £50 million and Luke Shaw over £30 million, Balotelli’s price tag is very achievable given what remains of Arsenal’s transfer budget.


If you are not familiar with Jackson Martinez, it is more than safe to say that he is a South-American Benteke only faster and less injury prone. He also represented Colombia at the World Cup so is a well respected striker who was capable of replacing Radamel Falcao.

He is a very strong asset at FC Porto and would just bring extra depth to Arsenal. It helps that the striker says, he is 'open to a move to Arsenal...they were my boyhood club'. This is almost a come get me plea and signing Jackson Martinez would benefit the Gunners - having that depth with Giroud, Walcott, Sanchez and Sanogo also at the club who can play up top.

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