Arsene Wenger is looking to bolster his side’s attacking prowess in the winter transfer window as he looks to continue Arsenal’s title surge. Even though the Gunners are averaging a healthy almost two goals per game with 39 goals in 20 outings, Wenger is still looking to add more firepower in his forward department.
According to Yahoo! Eurosport, Wenger is planning to bring in Madrid’s Alvaro Morata in order to solve their goal scoring conundrum. Their number one striker Olivier Giroud had failed to score in the league since he was gifted two goals by Southampton on 23rd November until he scored on the weekend vs Newcastle but he sustained a short term injury which looks like it will keep him out for a week or two. Wenger had originally not fancied using Bendtner to get them out of jail but was forced to use the Danish striker as a sub on Wednesday against Cardiff and Bendtner turned in a solid performance for his team even scoring the winning goal in the 89th minute with Walcott adding the insurance marker in the 88th minute so Bendtner’s goal was crucial but even more crucial is the fact that the striker sustained a sprained ankle and Wenger did not sound optimistic about it when asked about it after the game.
Wenger has the option of playing fit-again Lukas Podolski as the loan forward again or even Walcott (- an idea I like and wish he did too!), but seemingly he wants Morata on a six-month loan deal as a backup to the injured Giroud who has an ankle strain which might keep him out another week. The Morata option may especially be the call after the more serious Bendtner developments which say he faces ‘weeks’ on the sidelines. Sources in Spain suggest that Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti would be willing to allow Morata, who he has used only sparingly this season, to join the Gunners on loan till the end of the season.
The 21-year-old would certainly be considered a risky option since he has no experience in the Premier League and would most likely return to Spain immediatley after his loan deal. Do you think Wenger should make a loan move for Morata given the serious sounding Bendtner ankle sprain and dodgy-at-best sounding Giroud ankle problem or use Walcott/Podolski and ride it out?