Arsenal must sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic in January, not next summer

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Arsenal must take a plunge and sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic when the transfer window reopens in January.

The Swede, whose form continues to show no signs of waning, is reportedly open to a move to the Emirates Stadium in order to finish his career in the Premier League.

And with Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck lacking the capabilities of firing the club to the league title, Ibrahimovic could be the signing that ends their 12-year wait for the crown.


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Ibrahimovic has only been at Paris Saint-Germain since 2012 yet has already achieved legendary status in the French capital, having fired them to three consecutive league titles.

However, with Laurent Blanc still yet to coax the best from fellow forward Edinson Cavani, there is a feeling the Swedish international could opt to leave the Parc des Princes as soon as the New Year.

The Ligue 1 giants are also keen to replace him with Cristiano Ronaldo, whose time at Real Madrid appears to be drawing to a close having fallen out with manager Rafael Benitez and drawing a blank during the 4-0 drubbing to rivals Barcelona.

Ibrahimovic has won league titles in Italy and Spain as well as France, so it would be only fitting if he chances his arm at the Premier League having resisted moves to England in the past.


Though Giroud’s form has been exemplary so far this season, the Frenchman spurns more chances than he converts and is still a far cry from former Arsenal strikers Robin van Persie and Thierry Henry. 

Welbeck is due to return after the festive schedule, but his maiden season at the Emirates Stadium was underwhelming, the ex-Manchester United forward scoring just eight goals in 34 appearances.

Ibrahimovic may lack the pace which the Gunners’ style of football demands, but his potency and ruthlessness in front of goal would offer them the cutting edge they have been missing since Van Persie’s departure in 2012.


PSG paid just £15 million for Ibrahimovic three years ago, but with the Swede now 34, the Gunners may be able to lure him to the capital for considerably less.

With Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in the form of their lives, there would be no worries about whether or not the maverick would have the service in which to fire.

For Arsene Wenger, it should be a no-brainer. The young ego that snubbed his advances years ago could be the one to land his biggest trophy of them all. Fast forwarding a move, rather than signing him for free, could be a masterstroke.

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