As expected, Arsenal will continue to search for new centre-forward after a failed attempt to sign Leicester striker Jamie Vardy despite triggering his release clause. The Telegraph’s Jeremy Wilson says the striking position is one of the two remaining priorities for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger after the signing of Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka.
It looks like the boss has grown somewhat frustrated with French striker Olivier Giroud, who endured a 15-game without a goal in the second half of last season. Theo Walcott’s form across that period was poor and his future at the club is now uncertain as well as that of Alex Oxlade Chamberlaine, Danny Welbeck’s serious knee injury means Arsenal are short of options upfront, and a new striker must be found.
Here, i try to identify five strikers the Gunners can still sign this summer transfer window, after several failed attempt to lure good strikers to the Emirate.
Vincent Janssen could fit the bill of a great prospect for the future that could be considered by Wenger if he continues to fail in signing world class striker. The 21-year-old Dutch forward, enjoyed an outstanding season with AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch Eredivisie. The young man at some point in the season scored 27 goals in 32 league starts.
The youngster is double footed and is very good at ball movement. His hardworking and clinical style is also impressive and his unexpectedly swift development.
If Arsene Wenger wants another forward in the mould of former Arsenal stars and French internationals Thierry Henry and Nicolas Anelka who both flourished under his tutelage, he could look at Lyon’sAlexandre Lacazette.
The French man scored 27 Ligue 1 goals in 2014/15, and followed up with 21goals last season. The only player in the French League that outscored him across that period was Paris Saint-Germain’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Lacazette’s speed would bring some much-needed mobility to the Arsenal attack. He’s also capable of playing from both flanks, as well as through the middle. Arsene Wenger loves that kind of versatility, so he might be tempted to return to France for his next striker.
A striker with a proven Premier League track record is Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku . Rumours say the Belgium international is gearing up to leave Goodison Park this summer. Squawka shows Lukaku scored 18 goals in 37 league games for an Everton side struggling in the bottom half of the table last season.
A player of Lukaku’s quality deserves UEFA Champions League football, and Arsenal could offer that, as well as an improved pay packet. He has what it takes to improve this current Arsenal squad.
Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain, has gone from strength to strength. Last season, he shattered a 66-year-old record in the Serie A when he scored 36 times in an Italian league season.
It looks like Higuain might be open to a move, and according to La Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t the Sun), he is attempting to get his release clause lowered from £72 million to £47 million to facilitate a transfer.
Top on my list is Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. He is a typical Arsenal Number 9; he’s tall, measuring up at 6’1″, athletic, quick and intelligent. The reigning African footballer of the year is also a ruthless striker. The striker scored 25 Bundesliga goals in just 31 games last season. He’s more than just a goalscorer too, he is a a good team player as his five assists demonstrate he is a perfect fit for Arsenal.
The ball is in Wenger’s court, all he has to do is to push the boat out to get any of the above listed men.