Wenger set for transfer dilemma, as £25m starts to burn a hole

Football FanCast guest columnist James Richards wonders what Arsene Wenger should do with the £25m that is at his disposal.

With Adebayor seeking pastures news and at the same time lifting a huge amount of gloom around the Emirates, all eyes now are focused on Arsene Wenger as to what he'll do with the £25m now at his disposal.

Of course Wenger keeps his cards close to his chest and as always says the right things that there is no need to necessarily bring in a striker, as he already has a wealth of striking ability at the Emirates with Arshavin, Van Persie, Eduardo, Bendtner and Walcott at his disposal. This is certainly true, although my reservation and perhaps that of Wenger's will be whether Eduardo is 100% ready to play week in and week out or whether we will get another injury free season from Robin Van Persie, given his past record at the club. It is tricky one to ponder and I wonder if he will resist the temptation to bring in a top class striker.

It is a subject that has been debated on various Arsenal blogs with the majority preferring Wenger went for a top striker. The ‘Online Gooner' ran an article today pleading Arsene to bring in Huntelaar and why the Dutchman will certainly be my choice, I get the impression that Chamakh is the more likely target.

The Bordeaux striker certainly gets mixed reviews among supporters, however I believe it is his versatility which will appeal greatly to Wenger. If he was to sign Huntelaar for example, then not only will Klass cost twice as much as the Moroccan, but he will have to be played upfront, therefore restricting the opportunity to see how Eduardo and Van Persie will fair together. Unfortunately Wenger has been denied this chance since the Croatian suffered his horrific injury, therefore it is difficult to gauge how they'll play. Chamakh however not only will provide another option upfront but he can play a variety of roles and given that he will prove a lot cheaper would be better value for money and free up the majority of funds to bring in a strong holding midfielder and perhaps another centre half.

So what is the right move for Wenger to make and do we have enough striking ability already at the club to warrant spending a large percentage of the £25m on another striker? Does Chamakh represent a better deal or should Arsene simply spend all the money raised on a buying a centre half and holding midfielder?


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