As we all know, or if you haven’t heard, Marouane Chamakh has been loaned out to West Ham for the remainder of the season. Great to see, but has it left us short of options upfront? I believe so.
Gervinho will be off to the African Cup of Nations in a few weeks, leaving us with two strikers to chose from – Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott, who has played three consecutive games in the centre-forward role. This is worrying, not because of their current goals to game ratios, which are both decent, but because if one of them were to suffer a long-term injury then we will only have one striker to rely on – providing of course Walcott stays at Arsenal until the end of the month!
So surely, having let Chamakh leave for six months and Gervinho set to depart for the ACoN soon, Arsene Wenger has someone lined up?
Well a few forwards have been linked with a move to The Emirates but nothing has yet transpired. It’s still early days of course, however, it would be encouraging to see us actually table some bids.
Reports suggest we offered £10 million for Atletico Madrid’s Adrian Lopez but it was turned down. However, if Wenger really wants him then why not match the Spaniard’s £14 million release clause. I understand he is trying to get a better deal, but what’s an extra £4 million to a club like Arsenal?
Thierry Henry will not be joining us on loan. We missed out on Demba Ba, which was disappointing. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar signed a new deal at Schalke. Atletico will want around £50 million for Radamel Falcao, so you can forget about him and a move for David Villa, who could leave Barcelona for £15 million, looks unlikely also, especially when you see Wenger struggling to pay up £14 million for Lopez.
Personally, I can’t see us signing a striker this month, and this could prove costly until Gervinho returns. Not a great player, but he is another body.
Hopefully Wenger has someone on his mind; otherwise he could ultimately rue his decision to let Chamakh leave the club.
He’s just got to have a striker in his sights!
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