After the performances of Arsenal over the last few weeks, it’s clear that Arsene Wenger needs to bring in another striker. Olivier Giroud, depending on who you ask of course, is either not good enough to fire us to the Premier League title, or knackered. Either way, another forward option is needed if we are to seriously compete at the top of the table up until May.
So who can we get in? I have looked around the different European leagues and had a look at who we could try and sign in the January Transfer Window:
1. Robert Lewandowski
What a coup this would be. It seems as if Robert Lewandowski is dead set on moving to German rivals Bayern Munich, and Borussia Dortmund are adamant that he won’t be moving until the summer.
However, this for me would be a huge signing – not just in terms of making a statement of intent but for his sheer prowess in front of goal. For me, he is one of the best strikers in the game at the moment. He’s only 25, the perfect age for a Wenger signing, and got his best years ahead of him. With him in the Arsenal side, there’s no doubt he would be a massive hit in the Premier League. He is that good.
The rumour mills have gone into overdrive, saying that he’s on the top of our striker list and we’ll be putting in an opening bid of around £15 million in January. While that sounds good, there are a few stumbling blocks which make this move unlikely.
Would be move to another Champions League club in the middle of the season? Dortmund are into the knockout rounds and he’d miss those games, and obviously couldn’t play for us in the Champions League. And he’s already stated he wanted to move to Bayern several times, meaning that he is most likely settled in Germany and has no intention to move from there.
And could we afford his wage demands? One thing we do have in our favour is our strong German continent, as well as a couple of Poles in our squad for good measure.
Likelihood rating: 20%
2. Diego Costa
There have been a few rumblings about the Atletico Madrid striker and the replacement for Falcao (well, they did play a season together) has scored 19 goals in 17 league games. Like Lewandowski he’s only 25 and is a powerful, clinical striker who knows how to find the back of the net.
The fact that he is being courted by both the Spanish and Brazilian national sides, and is making a big name for himself in Europe make this move hugely unlikely – mainly because all the top sides will be after him.
Unfortunately, a pipe dream.
Likelihood rating: 5%
3. Vincent Aboubakar
Never heard of him? He’s the Cameroonian striker playing in Ligue 1 for French side Lorient. He’s currently the third top goal-scorer in the French league with 11 goals, behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani and ahead of Monaco’s Radamel Falcao.
He’s a big, no-nonsense striker who is powerful and doesn’t mess around. I’ve seen him a few times and he reminds me of a young Didier Drogba.
He’s only 21 one, comes from the French league (we all know how Arsene likes players from France) and wouldn’t cost a huge amount, probably something in the region of £12 million.
And he’s not an established world class striker so wouldn’t be commanding a starting place ahead of Olivier Giroud.
He still has a relatively low likelihood rating however as no-one has linked him to us and I just looked for him myself.
Likelihood rating: 30%
4. Jackson Martinez
Never heard of him either?
He’s a Columbian striker who currently plays for FC Porto in the Portuguese Premiera Liga. He’s currently the second top goalscorer in that league, and is 27 years old.
FC Porto have reputation of signing strikers who end up being sold for massive amounts in later years, such as Radamel Falcao and Hulk, and obviously have a talent for finding good South American forwards. So why wait until they sell them to Atletico Madrid or similar sides and then sell them for upwards of £40 million?
Likelihood rating: 10%
5. Adrián Ramos
Another Columbian, this time from the Bundesliga. He’s also 27 and currently the joint top scorer in Germany alongside Robert Lewandowski. And the fact that Hertha BSC are 6th in the league makes the goal tally even more impressive – added to the fact that he’s virtually scored almost half of the teams goals this season as well.
Again, he’s big and powerful, and scores a lot of goals from set-pieces and crosses. He has a bit of pace as well and could definitely do a job for us.
Likelihood rating: 10%