5 Strikers Arsenal Should Try And Buy In January (With 3 Surprises)

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%


10 thoughts on “5 Strikers Arsenal Should Try And Buy In January (With 3 Surprises)

  1. What information are the % figures based on? Wenger will not sign s striker in January. He will rely on Bent Foot Bendtner, Podolski and Sanogo to get us the goals that Giroud is struggling to get. There is no top club in he world that rely on just 1 striker to help them achieve success. Please do not suggest that Bent Foot is our back up striker. He is useless and is cheating people by calling himself a football player..

  2. Unless we sign a top quality striker, we might as well not bother until the summer.
    Of those mentioned, only Lewandowski and Costa are of that calibre.
    Martimez is a very good player, but certainly not value for money comparing his ability to his asking price.
    Lewandowski and Costa are our best hopes; Lewandowski because it is a rare opportunity to acquire a WC player for comparatively little, and Costa because if we approach him now, we may (for once) steal a march on the big-boys who often wait to make marquee signings in the summer.

  3. I need costa or lowandoski both of them can replace rvp we need a striker because our chances is wasting please wenger giroud is not a striker is an atacking midfielder

  4. Another isue is that wenger sould make sure and gets a replacement for sagna in the summer.the guy is doing an unbelivable job this season,he sould be given one and half year of contract to be honnest with him.
    Another isue we sould offload those on and off players out.

  5. If we can’t get lewandoski,costa or martinez,wenger should use poldi & walcott,but, i doubt if they can do it.wenger tried the two in strikin’ position last season,it didn’t work out.Poldi’s weakness as a lone striker is lack of positionin’ sense & walcott’s weakness is strength,he is easily out-muscled.Both players are just wing wizards.Yaya sanogo is still green & adaptation may take time,this title race is to close for experimentation.

  6. Plz,I just hope wenger will do the right tin again,get diego C and our arsenal strike problem is solved once and all he’s the ritght that can deliver arsenal from this so call trophy drouth


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