After seeing Arsenal’s striking department decimated in recent games with injury to Giroud and now Bendtner with the Dane set for a longer spell after suffering an ankle injury against Cardiff. With the unfortunate development, it seems Wenger’s hand has been forced as he now looks set to move for another forward, a high profile one.
According to reports, Arsenal are set to trigger the buy-out clause of target Diego Costa. The Brazilian cum Spanish striker has a £32m buyout clause in his Atletico Madrid contract.
Triggering his buy-out clause in January would be a good move, one that could see Arsenal beating the rest of the teams that might be interested in him. Chelsea and Dortmund are touted to be interested in him but are waiting till the summer to seal the move and Arsenal making their move in January would be akin to stealing a match on their rivals.
Should Arsenal trigger his release clause, Athletico Madrid have no choice but to sanction a sale but that is no guarantee that Costa would join Arsenal as he could reject the Gunners the same way he rejected Liverpool in the summer though reasons are different. He rejected Liverpool because they had no European football to offer him but he could reject Arsenal in a bid to stay in his comfort zone where he would have a better chance of making Spain’s squad to the World Cup.
Even at that, Arsenal shouldn’t let the opportunity to get Costa slip through their fingers. If he is reluctant leaving in January, they could agree a deal in January just like they did for Podolski and leave him there till the summer. That way, we would have beaten other interested parties to his signature.