Full time has been called, Arsenal 2, Fulham 0. The Gunners’ first league match of the new year has been won, but let’s be honest, they did not play as well as we’ve come to expect from Wenger’s men, especially when facing the 16th in the BPL. At the moment, there isn’t much reason for concern, but with games against Liverpool and Manchester United coming up in February, Arsenal should think long and hard about bringing some players in, especially up front.
The London club already made a shocking last-minute transfer in the summer by bringing in Mesut Özil from Real Madrid. The German midfielder has already proven his worth as the squad’s missing link, already serving up 7 assists and standing up as this squad’s metronome in midfield.
Now the question remains whether a similar deal will be struck in the current window, and if so, which player it might be. With the long-term injury Theo Walcott suffered against Tottenham, and Bendtner also out of the game, the team is in great need of another striker. With only Giroud and Podolski as viable options, they need to reinforce should they hope to compete for that long-awaited title.
The name of Atlético Madrid striker Diego Costa keeps popping up, but this deal seems unlikely at best. Rival Chelsea has also been looking into the purchase of the Spaniard, and Atlético has stated several times that their top-scorer is not for sale at any price. Which forward could they then sign halfway the season? Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema has been mentioned, but since he has regained his first-team spot, the chances of Arsenal getting hold of the French international are bleak.
Enough of who they can’t buy, what about who they can? FC Porto’s Jackson Martinez has been linked to a move to the club, and his reputation for being a solid goal-getter might just be what Arsenal need. In any case, getting the Colombian striker to London would be a great deal for the club, and relieve some of the pressure resting on Giroud’s shoulders at the moment.
There are still two weeks left for Wenger to find a fitting player, and we all might be surprised by who he decides to bring to the Emirates, or deeply disappointed if he fails to give the fans what they want, which is that one player to win them a trophy again. Get working, Wenger!