Desperate situations certainly require desperate measures. The injuries to Theo Walcott and Bendtner have stretched Wenger’s attacking options to the extreme leaving the Frenchman with no choice other than to bring in new faces to bolster the Gunners attack.
Arsenal have been linked with a loan swoop for Real Madrid’s youngster Alvaro Morata but it seems the Gunners are not putting all their eggs in one basket as they have eyes also on Porto’s Colombian hotshot Jackson Martinez.
Reports from the Emirates have it that Wenger is reluctant spending big on a striker in January since most of his A-list striking targets a la Suarez, Diego Costa and Mandzukic might be unavailable. Hence, he is looking for a stopgap/short-term option that will just be good enough to see the Gunners to the title and maybe FA Cup glory too.
Since there are no assurances yet over Morata, Wenger has decided to turn to the Columbian. According to reports, Arsenal have made an enquiry over the availability of Porto striker Jackson Martinez.
Martinez would cost Arsenal in the region of £32m as his buy-out clause is around that range. While Porto are renowned for selling their stars, they are also notorious for not letting them go on the cheap as they always insist on the buyout clause been met.
That shouldn’t be a problem for Arsenal as Wenger has been given the backing of the Gunners board to spend big and he could now be tempted to launch a £32m bid for Martinez. All Wenger needs to do to land Martinez is to open his cheque book. It won’t need much convincing getting him to sign for Arsenal as he has previously professed his love for the Gunners.
If you ask me, Arsenal should go for both Morata and Martinez. While Martinez will soften the blow of Walcott’s loss as he can also play on the wings, Morata will be that decent back-up fans and pundits have been clamouring for Giroud to have.
I know we still have Bendtner but how more unreliable can Bendtner prove to be. Winning the Premier League and FA Cup is war and you don’t go to war with a blunt sword rather, you go with razor sharp swords.