The Gunners had to reassess their striker wish-list after missing out on Higuain and Demba Ba. Suarez’s transfer is also off the table as Liverpool’s striker insisted on remaining at Anfield. Rooney just stated that he has found his happiness with Manchester United since Ferguson left so he will continue playing for the Old Trafford team. These 4 were the most significant transfers that could have ended up at Emirates Stadium over the summer.
Even with Giroud’s great form, Arsenal still need some competition for the Frenchman. With Sanogo yet to find his form because of his young age and because of a recent injury and with Walcott proving to be one of the best wingers in Europe, Wenger is surely going to look for a player that could be a perfect complement for Giroud.
According to Metro, Wenger has directed his attention to some unexpected targets who will be looking for a move during the winter transfer period. The transfer budget will not be a problem so pretty much anything can happen.
Hopefully for the Gunners they will manage to bring in someone just as good as the ones mentioned before. One player that could fit the profile is Mario Balotelli. The Italian striker may want to leave Serie A after realizing for the second time that a faction of supporters in Italy are racist.
The 23 year old striker is valued at £24 million but he might leave for half that price if the rumors are true. The problem with the Italian is that he is one of the hardest footballers to manage. He has a complicated personality that might not be approved by a club like Arsenal.
Another solution may come from Portugal. Porto’s South American striker Jackson Martinez has managed 38 goals since signing with the Portuguese side in 2012. The 27 year old could though have some problems adapting to the Premier League.
The last option for Arsenal could come from Aston Villa. Christian Benteke may leave if his team receives the proper bid, despite the fact he is under contract until 2017.
So the question is which of these sttikers will Wenger bid for, will it be: AC Milan’s controversial but uber-talented Mario Balotelli; Porto’s Columbian mega-prolific-hitman Jackson Martinez or Aston Villa’s man-mountain goal-machine Christian Benteke?