It’s time to strike…

We’re in the middle of a week of no football and considering how much football there has been in the last few weeks (i.e. 3 games in 7 days against Liverpool, Burnley and then Hull), it makes you wonder how the the fixtures people actually so this sort of thing!

So, as we all sit around wondering who we haven’t bought presents for or tuning into the only football around at the moment, the French league, we can all sit around and ponder whom we’d like to see join us in the new year. Between now and January the first, we will take on Villa at home and Portsmouth away. So, it is pretty apt that we discuss this now as there won’t be any time post Christmas…

Transfers, transfers, transfers… with Niklas Bendtner out and of course, more importantly, Robin Van Persie out for the season, is it wise for us to look at a striker. Of course it is. I have mentioned a few times that if we do buy a striker, then what will happen to the progress of Sanchez Watt and Giles Sunu amongst the others… Well, to be honest, have seen Arsene play Arshavin up front to accommodate the missing strikers, it strikes me that our youth players won’t really get a run out in the first team, so in fact, we should be looking a buying a striker.

Goalkeeper aside, another position we need to look at is the Song position – with the Cameroonion off to the African Cup of Nations, we’ve lost our first choice DM and we’ve also lost our cover for our centre backs. Considering Silvestre is trying his best to be a full back in the absence of our three preferred left backs, if Gallas did get injured,
surely the out of favour Senderos can’t be our only option to cover. Considering we have Denilson and Ramsey and a host of kids such as Eastmond, Coquelin and Frimpong who can play DM, maybe the second buy is a central defender instead.

So back to the striking berth… and the candidates are…

Luca Toni

The was he / wasn’t he / why was he released by Bayern Munich saga continues… and the Italian is proven pedigree and whilst I wouldn’t have put him in the top 20 strikers I’d have wanted, at zero cost, he could be a decent stop gap.

Ruud Van Nistelrooy

Simply put. Never. He is a player, albeit of decent quality, who has the Manc mankyness all over himself. He is a quality player, but a player I’ve always hated (since he signed for Man U) and would hate to see him in an Arsenal shirt.

Maroune Chamakh

So, we’ve got our top two strikers injured. Bordeaux refused the £7m we offered them last summer… would they settle for a £3m fee considering he could sign for us for free from next week? Arsene, is the offer ready? I would be happy to see Chamakh come in in January – Arsene rates him highly, and from what I’ve seen looks a bargain signing if we could pull it off…

Edin Dzeko

Arsene has commented several times that he wouldn’t be against signing a player who was cup-tied for the Champions League and could he have been referring to the Wolfsburg striker. Probably the best out of the bunch, young, proven and offers us some aerial presence, but he would command in the region of £15m, would Arsene splash the cash or do we even have the money?

What do you think? Time to strike?

  • Nick

    Well I’d also like to see mentioned (in the striker category) Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. He’s a natural goal scorer and he’s a big tall body up front. He’s not getting playing time at AC Milan and obviously wants a WC spot with Netherlands.

    Since it’s Christmas time and I believe in miracles I’ll also mention David Villa. He wants to come to EPL and there’s no team he’d fit in better with in terms of style of play than Arsenal. I don’t see Arsene spending that kind of money though.

    In terms of a DM, one of the best choices that could be had is Mahamadou Diarra (Real Madrid). He’s an enforcer and a great all around player. The problem with him is the African Cup tournament. He’s be bought by Arsenal then leave shortly after (which is also an injury risk, and lets not kid ourselves, every time we let player leave on international duty they get injured).

  • Berth

    Nope. Wenger will rely on Bedtner, Edu and Vela and hope to sign Chamakh end of season – thats how our coach thinks anyway

  • Nick

    Well he’s not gonna spend money on anyone who’s cup tied so that probably rules Klaas.

    I think he’d stay away from Toni because of his age.

    I still want him to bring back Vieira

    He could sign Freddie Ljungberg back on a loan like all the yanks are getting in the EPL to stay match fit for WC2010. Freddie has been in great form in MLS since his long needed surgery.

    Romelu Lukaku(Anderlecht) is an obvious youth target as is Raheem Sterling (QPR). The two of them would make wonderful investments for the near future.

    Any chance AW would break the bank for Franc Ribery? The mercurial Frenchman is almost definitely leaving Bayern (who are now keen to cash in on him) and I’d hate to see his talents wasted at Chelsea, Wank U or Liverpool.

  • devday

    Arsene did say this about signing a player who was cup tied…

    “Yes, I would,” he responded. “We are going for the domestic title and the FA Cup aswell and doing that allows you to rest a player for the Champions League or play another player in the Premier League. Of course I would prefer the player who can play in both competitions and so it would mean the player has the quality to play in the long-term for Arsenal Football Club.
    “But we have an interested eye on the transfer window and if the right player turns up then we will do it.
    “Sometimes you think that is a bargain you cannot turn down and don’t forget Arshavin got us in the Champions League last season.”

  • edison

    Although it would seem like a quick fix to our squad problems, i really cant see Wenger signing anyone in January.

    If anything we might lose one or two youth players on loan – but i dont think Wenger would buy anyone in, just yet. If there is a signing though surely the next one will be Chamakh.

    Also does anyone else think Wenger should stop playing Arshavin as lone striker whilst we are without Bendtner RVP? I think it might just work out better if Eduardo was up there on his own and Arshavin back on the wing. It might cut out some of the hesitancy there has been in midfield and open things up abit in the final third ? Instead of rotating the three attacking positions.

  • devday

    Edison – I agree with you re: Arshavin – personally I’d like to see him on the left of a 4-3-3.

    However, I think Arsene is slowly getting Eduardo back into action as he has been lacking match practice. After the rest of week training, I think we may see Eddie eventually take over again at the top.

    The reason I think an addition would be useful would be to add some height to the squad. Arsene has mentioned several times that we is looking to add someone…

  • devday

    Nick – if he did spend money on someone cup tied, would you prefer Huntelaar or Dzeko?

  • Fabregas_04

    i’m pretty sure i read a quote of le boss saying that he hadnt ruled out the possibility of signing a cup bound player, citing arshavin as an example of why that isnt necessarily a bad thing to do

  • Berth

    Dev, I would prefer Dzeko; his got grith and style.

  • VJ

    guys i think wenger already has someone in mind, no dzeko no chamakh no toni (i think), why wouldsign chamakh when he gets him free in the summer plus he said he wants to stay, dzeko is going nowhere either, it will be someone we have missed, could be pazzini, could be andre-pierre gignac, before wenger said he wants someone of quality, cheap and not CL tied, now he says he would consider them if they filled the first two categories so i think there is someone who he has already thought of, we will have to wait and see who it is

  • Nick

    Dev, I can honestly see benefits to both. I’d have to say Dzeko due to him being in form right now and having a steady starting role. Klaas is pretty deadly (as he’s proven) once he’s worked himself into his new squad. He killed for Real last year once he got his chance and acclimated to Real. Dzeko is taller and seems a little stronger so I’d probably go with Edin. But I wouldn’t mind having both!

    IMO, lose Bendtner, he’s just never impressed me and he’s too big of a showboat. All I see is him trying to take everyone on and the losing the ball.

    Eddie is coming back and with more games and longer runs in the game he’ll be back to himself. Theo is another story. I’m not sure what’s going on with him. Just can’t find the back of the net.

  • Francis

    I have been following the discussions so far and it is really interesting that no one thinks that Wenger will look to the Premier league for re-inforcements. I think he is a big admirer of Carlton Cole and he will be an excellent signing provided he is injury free…on previous submissions on this forum i have listed the benefits of having a player like Cole…b’cos he has a lot more over players like Dzeko, Gignac, Toni, Chamakh…

    1. Does not need to adapt to the league given that most of the games now are over winter.knows the ins and outs

    2. Big and tall

    3. Close control and first touch have improved tremendously…which is critical to whatever formation Wenger employs.

    4. Can play as a lone man upfront in a 4-5-1 or 4-3-3 by bringing the midfielders and wide players into the game.

    5. Joining a team like arsenal would provide a good platform for playing himself into the squad for the world cup.

    For the England team this would be good as the players at arsenal will definitely bring a lot out of him. Personally for Cole it will be a huge motivational platform to play to his best abilities (no disrespect to the Hammers).

    With regards to Toni i think we should look at his attitude over the last year…giving similar problems we’ve had with Ade

    Adriano who just won the brazilian championship i understand is also free…he seems to have gotten over his “personal problems” then again you never know. He is also big, skillful and strong. I don’t know how motivated he is to play through the winter…however the carrot to show case his talents again prior to the world cup could do the trick as he still has hopes of being picked by Dunga. I understand Wenger was interested in him when he was having problems at Inter. Inter however demanded Hleb or Cesc in return, that killed the deal.

  • Francis

    Hi folks Toulouse are playing Bordeaux as we speak….that means Gignac vs Chamakh i just joined in at the start of the 2nd half and its 1-1.

  • Francis

    Gignac misses 2 one-on-ones


    id like van nistelrooy. people forget before he signed for man utd arsene was actaully close to getting him. hes a proven goalscorer and could get us those headers/scrappy goals we dont ususally score

  • Yemi

    i heard we are interested in a loan deal for huntelaar

  • Yemi

    Just saw this
    Arsenal are seeking loan talks with AC Milan for striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

    The London Evening Standard says the Gunners are in the market for a striker after Arsene Wenger admitted he is planning for the second half of the season without Robin van Persie, who is recovering from an operation to repair torn ankle ligaments.

    The Arsenal manager baulked at the asking price as Huntelaar joined the Italians for £14million from Real Madrid in August but the 26-year-old Dutchman has struggled to break into the first team at the San Siro.

    Holland coach Bert van Marwijk has warned the player that his place in his squad for next summer’s World Cup will be under threat if he is not playing regularly.