Arsenal: Five potential striker signings to replace Olivier Giroud

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Arsenal are anxiously waiting for news on star striker Olivier Giroud’s injury after concerns were raised it became common knowledge that he may've broken his ankle against Everton.

The Frenchman headed a late equaliser for the Gunners in Saturday's 2-2 draw, but then injured himself while charging down a clearance from Sylvain Distin in the final minute at Goodison Park.

Giroud's absence would place further strain on the Gunners squad short of out and out strikers with Yaya Sanogo, his understudy, struggling with a hamstring injury whilst Alexis Sanchez is still adjusting to life in the Premier League.

 If it is going to be three months out for Arsenal's hitman, then you'd think that Wenger will have to dive into the market once again to find cover, or the Gunners may struggle.

So with this in mind, we look at the options Wenger currently has in the transfer window, with just one week to go until it shuts.

Radamel Falcao

After struggling with injury for most of this year, Falcao has arrived back in blistering form for Monaco.

Monaco have definitely endured a tough start to the season, lying 17th in the French league, however one bright note would definitely be Falcao's return, in the fact that both he and ex-Fulham misfit Dimitar Berbatov are still knocking in the goals.

However, with Monaco so low and Falcao reportedly being unsettled, you can't help but feel that the Colombian may want out sooner or later. It's clear without Falcao's calibre at the club, AS Monaco though will struggle this season especially now they're back in the Champions League.

It seems that Wenger is going to have to splash some real cash if he wants Falcao, and if he was to coup him then he would definitely lay down a marker to his competitors that Arsenal can spend as well.

With a war-chest at the ready, who knows what Wenger can do, and the challenge of the Premier League surely would tempt Falcao.

Loic Remy

Now Remy is another looking for top European football next season, and it became apparent that Wenger was keen on Remy just a month or two ago when the Frenchman was spotted at the Emirates earlier this summer ahead of a move to Arsenal.

The 27-year-old scored a lot of goals for Newcastle last season, and it was thought that he would partner Olivier Giroud very well seems they're both French. However, still it seems he'd make a very good cover for his fellow countryman, grabbing 14 goals for Newcastle.

He's had quite a turbulent summer, and nearly joined Liverpool but after failing a medical the move was quickly knocked on the head. If Arsenal can match Remy's buy-out clause then it's as simple as that - he's theirs.

Wilfried Bony

Wilfried Bony is an interesting option really, obviously he would be a very useful player for Wenger to have in his ranks, however many fans question whether he’s actually any better than Giroud and perhaps whether he'd be more effective in Arsenal's starting line-up ahead of the Frenchman.

Still though, Bony would be good cover for the injured Frenchman, bringing 16 league goals last season, the same amount respectively as Giroud. Or, alternatively, if Wenger was to sign the Ivorian he may consider deploying both players in what would be a change of formation.

A lot of clubs have reportedly been interested in Bony over the summer, with Arsenal's name previously being tossed into the hat, however it would seem likely that Swansea will want a hefty fee for their star striker. 

Yet, with Bony looking for a Champions League club, he may be able to force a move away from Wales on the cheap. Time for Arsenal to make a move? 

Edinson Cavani

With Zlatan Ibrahimović remaining in the limelight once again already this season, it leaves many question marks as to where it leaves Edinson Cavani, with the Uruguayan unhappy to be watching his fellow striker always taking the plaudits.

You'd think that sooner or later he'll want a move, and with 16 goals last season he's sure to have many suitors with Louis Van Gaal reportedly wanting him earlier this summer.

It's going to take a lot to get PSG to part with one of their recognised prize assets, however a move to England surely would tempt Cavani and if he starts trying to get a move from the inside, that's when the complications begin.

Although the Uruguay international is prepared to give his PSG career one more season, an offer from Arsenal could be too good to turn down, and the Express are already reporting that the Gunners are set to table a £50 million bid for the striker.

 Jackson Martinez

Another striker who proved his worth last season was Jackson Martinez, with the Colombian grabbing a total of 20 goals for Porto. However with his contract running out, it looks touch and go as to whether he'll be staying, with Porto obviously interested in selling him for a hefty fee rather than losing him to a free-transfer when his contract does expire.

Arsene Wenger is said to be a big fan, and now the injury to Giroud may tempt him to make a bid. Manchester United, Inter Milan, Roma and Atletico Madrid are also understood to have held discussions, so Wenger will definitely have to act quick.

With Martinez, he's definitely a better player than Olivier Giroud, so if Arsenal did sign him, they may consider letting the Frenchman go. It seems that the overall game of Martinez would go better with the Arsenal style of play.

Perhaps signing Martinez may be hard, but once again, Wenger has the money and signing someone high profile will definitely put down a marker that the Gunners are out for the title.

Edinson Cavani
Loic Remy
Wilfried Bony
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