Arsenal’s striking options have possibly been the most talked about transfer saga for the London club in many years. It is however, one that desperately needs addressing.
As Olivier Giroud and Yaya Sanogo are the only recognised strikers in the Gunner’s squad, it is imperative that Arsene Wenger scouts the transfer network to attract more fire-power in his striking areas.
One theory that could work and produce a rye smile from Arsenal fans would be to see Olivier Giroud sold back to France and Radamel Falcao come the other way in a surprise swap deal. Giroud’s price tag will have shot up after his impressive last campaign, notching up 22 goals in all competitions. Signed for £12m, Giroud’s value will have rocketed and even more still as he continues his form into the World Cup. The Frenchman may welcome a move back home at a prestigious club like Monaco embracing his qualities. Meanwhile, Colombia’s Falcao has been said to be keen to move away from the French outfit after struggling to settle at his new club. The Premier League may be his preferable destination and would fit into the Arsenal system with ease as he is a striker who likes to have the ball at his feet and promotes attractive football.
With youngster Yaya Sanogo struggling to make an impact at the Emirates, it would appear he would be sent out on loan to a club to gain more first team experience and come back to Arsenal a better player. A deal that would suit all parties.
Another option for Arsenal is to explore other striking options such as QPR’s Loic Remy. The Frenchman had a brilliant season on loan at Premier League side Newcastle and has said to be keen on a move to the Gunner’s should the opportunity present itself. The perfect striking mould for Wenger to adapt, Remy possesses pace and guile on the ball; something Arsenal like to have and have deeply missed since the departure of Thierry Henry. Remy’s QPR side have been promoted and may need his services to stay in the Premiership, however, Remy may want to challenge himself at the top level, playing Champions League football if he is to stay in the French National Squad.
So, Giroud swap deal with Falcao. Remy in. Anymore?
What about, “Why Always Me?” – Mario Balotelli is said to be attracting heavy attention from Arsenal of late and Sky Sports have recently reported that Balotelli’s current club, A.C. Milan have said they are still interested in off-loading the Italian. The former Manchester City forward would be a good signing if the coaching staff can keep tabs on Balotelli’s behaviour and ill-discipline.
Mario Mandzukic; out of favour at Bayern Munich, heavy links with a bid from Arsenal looming. The Croatian has proved to be a handful in the Bundesliga for the German outfit and could be a great signing if Wenger could adapt the 28-year-old’s play to suit his style. A natural finisher and target man, he could be a like for like replacement should Giroud cross the border back to his native country.
Exciting times for Arsenal. Could this new transfer theory work?
By Oliver Baines | June 25th, 2014