Arsenal look to firm up their striking force this January with more than a few big names. While some of these are long shots, the Gunners will most likely buy some sort of striker. Personally, when Podolski returns to health and form, he is more than capable at playing second fiddle to Giroud. However, Wenger seems to prefer the German on the wing and not as a true number nine. Luckily for Arsenal there are a lot of options on the market for the right price.
The Gunners most likely won’t bring in a Hernandez or Balotelli because of the roll they would play for Arsenal. Remember Wenger isn’t trying to replace his fellow Frenchman, just supplement him with someone more capable than Bendtner (which to be honest is almost anyone). Karim Benzema is a big name that has come up many times for a move to Arsenal. However this would leave Real Madrid completely void of a striking option, so this move won’t happen this January. Edin Dzeko is another big name that could fill the Gunners void. The only problem with this is that Manchester City will unlikely sell a player to a club they are trying to catch in the table. So where should Wenger look? The answer is in his back yard.
While some of you at this point think I am talking about Luis Suarez, you are mistaken. The price tag that Liverpool would place on their striker would be too high for a conservative Wenger. The economist, much like Billy Bean, loves bang for his buck. A more likely option for the Frenchman is to look west to Wales where there is an interesting situation at Swansea. While Michael Laudrup would cling to Michu like Rose to a wardrobe in the North Atlantic, Arsenal may not be able to help themselves. Michu’s price tag would be in the 30 million range despite an injury prone year which may scare Wenger away from the Spaniard. However, Michu getting time at the top club in England could help the Spaniard in his quest to play for Spain in the upcoming World Cup. However, Arsenal’s more realistic answer could be in London itself.
While Dimitar Berbatov isn’t the name that most Gunner fans want to hear, it’s the one that makes sense. He isn’t a top striker, but then again he isn’t useless. He can come on and give some quality minutes when Wenger wants to rest Giroud and is more than capable of scoring if the Gunners need a goal. And best of all he’s available and wants a move! It’s not an exciting option, yet it’s the right one and don’t be surprised to see him at Arsenal come January.
Besides Nicklas Bendtner, it’s hard to see who Arsenal would unload, if anyone, this winter. The team seems to be happy. Even club captain, Thomas Vermaelen, who has struggled to get minutes, seems content with what is going on at the Emirates. When you’re on top of the table why wouldn’t you be?!? However, if results against City and Chelsea go wrong in the next few weeks, there could be some grumbling from the bench. There could also be some controversy once Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, and Podolski return to full health and want minutes in the side. This is an issue for summer though, and if the Gunners want to contend they would be well advised to keep their side together.