Which striker should Arsenal buy in the transfer window?

by Coden De Agrela

dimitar-berbatov-fulhamArsenal have had a great season so far flying high in first place with 48 points after Monday night’s 2-1 win against Aston Villa. That is a huge improvement from last year when they were sitting in sixth place with just 34 points.

Olivier Giroud made his return from injury in the Villa game, continuing his top form scoring in the 35th minute, taking his Premier League goal tally to nine for the season.

Another striker who has been injured for the gunners is Nicklas Bendtner. So who else do Arsenal have in the striker position? There’s young Frenchman Yaya Sanago and South Korean Park Chu-Young.

As you can see and have seen through out the season Arsenal don’t have a lot of depth in the striker position. So who could come into the side in the January transfer window?

Wenger will be looking for a combination of performance and value and the players listed below could fulfil that profile.

Dimitar Berbatov

This season has been a struggle for Dimitar’s club Fulham sitting outside the relegation zone after 21 games by just one point.

Berbatov has often been told to carry the squad but he no longer is able to support.

Although his motivation is in question sometimes, he could strive in a top club like Arsenal with plenty of support behind him.

Berbatov’s contract is nearly at its end at Fulham, but the cottages would be keen to keep their star forward to the end of the season to help them survive their relegation battle.

Although Wenger stated to The Guardian that Berbatov isn’t amongst his targets he would be a great option to play along side  Giroud.

Diego Costa

After the departure of Falcao to Monaco, Atletico Madrid needed a striker to step up for this season and Diego Costa has taken that opportunity amazingly.

The Spanish forward has had a superb season racking up 19 goals in the season so far sitting in second place on the La Liga goal scoring leaderboard after first place Cristiano Ronaldo who has scored 20.

Costa has led Atletico into second place, ahead of Real Madrid who are in third and on the same amount of points as top place Barcelona.

Costa would be a great inclusion for the Gunners but would be quiet expensive. Atletico would be looking to hold onto the striker at least until the end of the season so the transfer looks unlikely.

Alvaro Morata

The 21-year-old Spanish forward playing for Real Madrid has a lot of talent and potential. He is only 21 so he has plenty of time to reach it.

He is the second striker of Madrid behind Karim Benzema in the pecking order. Morata would be looking to get a little more game time and maybe a loan spell at Arsenal would do him good.

A loan spell does look likely with Arsenal keen on the 21-year-old, but Real Madrid would want to keep the player for more forward depth, something the Gunners do not have and will need for the rest of the season.

Karim Benzema

The Frenchman is one of the best strikers in the world but he hasn’t had the best of seasons, scoring just eight goals so far in La Liga.

He has been over shadowed by many star players in the Real Madrid team such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, and Isco.

If he was to come to Arsenal he would team up with fellow Frenchman Olivier Giroud and could form a real deadly strike force along side with ex-teammate Mesut Ozil.

The transfer would be expensive but it would definitely be worth it. But it would be hard for Carlo Ancelotti to let another star player go to Arsenal.

Mario Mandzukic

Topping the score charts last season Mario has continued his fine work sitting in second place in the Bundesliga goal charts with ten goals, behind Borussia Dortmund and soon to be Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski with 11 goals.

Mario may now start to feel as if he might be left out when Lewandowski comes in next season after Robert signed a pre-contract to join Bayern. If Arsenal decide to swoop for the world-class striker it would look likely to happen next season.

Arsene Wenger and Arsenal will have to find a creative striker quickly as not only do they have poor depth in the position they also have injuries. Giroud just shaking one-off in the Villa game and Bendtner still out with his injury so who is going to partner up with Olivier?

It is now evident if Arsenal want to keep competing for the top spot this season they will need to strengthen the attacking position. Whether it’s the five that has been listed above or a different player, they need someone soon and will have to splash the cash in this January transfer window.