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Arsenal Transfers: Could Lyon Striker Bafetimbi Gomis Be Late Option?

4 Jul

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We all knew that Arsenal desperately needed new signings to strengthen all areas, and Arsene Wenger has duly obliged, pursuing Mesut Ozil, Emiliano Viviano and Demba Ba.

But though Wenger has been successful in his pursuit of the first two, the last part of that hasty trinity doesn’t appear to be on his way to the Emirates, with Chelsea finally calling a halt to the Gunners’ attempt to sign the Senegalese striker on loan.

The whole thing leaves the manager at something of a loss – with only Olivier Giroud available as an out-and-out first team frontman, the cupboard looks bare for Arsenal and in desperate need of restocking.

But who should they pursue? For my money, they could do a lot worse than long-term Newcastle target Bafetimbi Gomis.

According to France Football’s Matt Spiro, Wenger is a long-term admirer of the bullish Lyon striker, but has never quite turned his thoughts into actions.

Well, there’s no time like the present, and faced with a real striking shortage, the manager might be forced to play his hand and snap up the French international.

And why not? Gomis is clearly an excellent performer – though never prolific, he always fetches his side 10-20 goals a season so in terms of sheer end-product, he would certainly be a worthwhile investment.

Yet he brings so much more than that – often labelled the ‘mini Drogba,’ the 28-year-old takes after his illustrious namesake in physicality as well as playing style, battering down defences and playing in teammates to score.

Frankly, this is what Arsenal need right now – as Bill Shankly once said, a football team is like a piano – you need eight men to carry it, and three men to play the thing. What Arsenal have at the moment are far too many players, and not enough lifters.

With this in mind, what Gomis would represent is a plan B for Arsenal that Giroud simply doesn’t, and his presence in the line-up would mean that the Gunners would very rarely be physically cowed.

So really, Wenger should crack upon his much-vaunted checkbook and give Lyon a call. After all, it’s not as if he isn’t for sale – the main stumbling block Lyon have experienced during this saga is that no club has stumped up enough in wages to seriously turn his head.

If Ivan Gazidis is correct, this won’t be a problem for Arsenal. So really Arsene, what are you waiting for?

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Arsenal Transfers: 5 Strikers Arsene Wenger Could Sign In January

26 Dec

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Arsenal may be flying high at the top of the Premier League, but manager Arsene Wenger must be aware that his side are worryingly short of strikers.

The injury to Lukas Podolski, ruling him out until the New Year, has balanced the Gunner’s pursuit of success this season on a knife’s edge.

An injury to the in-form Olivier Giroud, for example, would leave Wenger with no choice but to start out of favour Nicklas Bendtner, or deploy Mesut Ozil in a false 9 position.

The club’s injury crisis means they are also without Theo Walcott and Yaya Sanogo, two men who could stand in for Giroud.

This lack of depth in striking options invariably means Wenger will have to return to the transfer market when it reopens in January.

Arsenal tried frantically to get a striker on deadline day, with a loan deal for Chelsea’s Demba Ba falling through with hours to go, but they will surely try again in the winter window for a new attacker.

Stan Kroenke and the board have confirmed that Wenger will have money to spend in January, if he needs it, and with this in mind, WhatCulture looks at five strikers Arsene Wenger may look to purchase in January.

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Arsenal Transfer News: Gunners Only Interested In “Special Players”

24 Sep


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has claimed his club are only interested in signing “special” players this summer, according to the BBC.

Wenger, who is under increasing pressure to spend big with just a little over a week left to run of the transfer window, has only signed Yaya Sanogo on a free from Auxerre so far.

Arsenal want to sign Real Madrid striker and winger Karim Benzema and Angel Di Maria along with Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye.

Referring to his current squad of players, who defeated Fulham 3-1 at the weekend, Wenger remarked:

“They are special and if I want to add something it has to be special.”

The Gunners have endured a relatively frustrating summer transfer window so far and have missed out on a series of top targets, such as Stevan Jovetic, Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez.

The Londoners have also seen a 10 million bid for Cabaye rejected by Newcastle, prompting the France international to go on strike.

Mathieu Flamini is rumoured to be on his way to the Emirates on a free transfer, five years after leaving Arsenal for AC Milan.

Wenger also wants to bring in a goalkeeper and a defender before next Tuesday’s transfer deadline, and has been linked with a move for QPR’s shot-stopper Julio Cesar.

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