Well the Alvaro Morata to Arsenal story didn’t last that long did it? Several sources are saying that Arsene Wenger has no interest in the player who was apparently heading for a few months on loan to provide back up for Olivier Giroud.
There are still plenty of names being linked with Arsenal. Pato – though that seems very unlikely – and this morning Paul-Georges Ntep. However it does feel as if there is a lot more journalistic guesswork going on than hard actual facts.
There is still a school of thought that suggests that Arsenal don’t need a striker and that Wenger wouldn’t buy one anyhow. With Walcott back, Podolski in light training and Sanogo back soon (Wenger namechecked him again this week) maybe the team have that forward berth covered.
Surely though if the Gunners go into the second half of January either leading the Premiership or in striking distance of the top two clubs it would be madness for Wenger not to invest in his squad.
So who would fit the bill? Here are a few suggestions
Christian Benteke – The perennial suggestion. Pros are that he could play in the Champions League and has a good record of scoring in the Premiership. On the downside his form hasn’t been quite as scintillating this season as the last. There’s a bit more buzz about him moving to Arsenal today.
Loic Remy - I thought that the Frenchman would have been a perfect back up for Giroud, and could have been bought relatively cheaply. It seems though that Wenger who has expressed an interest in the striker, may have been put off by his personal situation. That seems to have resolved itself, while Remy has been banging them in for fun at loan club Newcastle. Quite how it would work if Arsenal bought him in the window is anyone’s guess because of the loan deal, but I am sure that the three clubs could sort it out if there was a will on all sides.
Paul-Georges Ntep – The Auxerre striker has also been making noises about a prem move but suggest that he doesn’t want to come to sit on the bench. He has been a bit of a revelation this season and it would provide excellent cover for his fellow Frenchman, but I wonder if he is more one for the future than for this window. This year’s Wilfried Bony? Maybe?
Edin Dzeko – Still a long shot as Pellegrini has stated several times he wants to keep the Bosnian and only stupid clubs let their strikers go to Premiership rivals (!), but I do wonder if Wenger could pull off a loan deal for the player who has been a long term target.
Dimitar Berbatov – Not as daft as it sounds, as he could do a job and not upset Giroud too much. He might not be as mobile as he once was (mind you was he mobile ever?) but he is a great finisher and think of the service he’ll get. Cheap loan deal, can play in Champs League etc Long shot but you never know.
Anyhow – who do you think Wenger should add to the mix?