Arsene Wenger’s comment after the Boreham friendly that he would not be bringing in another striker following the signing of Alexis Sanchez has not stopped strikers from being linked to the club. As Arsene Wenger has shown in the past, his comments are not always cast on stone.
Swansea striker Wilfred Bony is the latest in the conveyor belt of speculations linking players to Arsenal. Following his debut season with the Welsh club where he scored 26 goals in all competitions, it was widely speculated that many of the top club’s in the Premier League would be interested in his services. And following Swansea’s signing of Bafetimbi Gomis on a free transfer from Lyon, the Welsh club is open to a transfer for the Ivorian striker.
“Wilfred Bony is a fantastic professional. If a top Champions League club comes in, and puts the right offer on the table, then of course we will speak to him.
“There are no issues with Bony. He’s a great guy to have around the club.
“As much as we want players to stay with us for a number of years, we have to be open.”
With this statement above, and Arsenal’s need for a striker despite the cryptic comment of Arsene Wenger, it would not be out of place for the French man to take a punt on the Ivorian. A move to the Emirates would certainly be appealing for the 25 year old, and with his adaptation to the premier League now in full throttle, he would be expected to make a seamless transition from the Liberty Stadium to the Emirates. With his aerial ability, he can strive on the crosses of newly signed right back Mathieu Debuchy.
Despite his link to the club, which is normal following his flourish of goals in the second half of last season, it is improbable that Arsene Wenger would move for him. The possibility of losing him early next year to the African Cup of Nations could be a drawback to any transfer. Arsenal’s last Ivorian Gervinho was roundly criticized during his stay at the club for his poor return in front of goal and his erratic form, and right so, but it is easy to forget that his time at Arsenal was interrupted by his participation in consecutive African Cup of Nations in 2012 and 2013, a situation that reduced his adaptation to all things Arsenal.
In the end, while player links are a normal course in a transfer window, it is always a case of waiting for something concrete to happen before going into a bout of frenzy.