Speculation over Arsenal’s striker targets this summer loomed large this week.
Juventus’ Alvaro Morata has been strongly linked with a move to north London, but the Spaniard is expected to return to Real Madrid two years after leaving the club for Juventus due to a buy-back clause in his contract. Under the current circumstances, Real can re-sign Morata and the striker has already cast doubts over his future in Turin by admitting he does not know where he will be playing football next season.
But Wenger has been told by Real Madrid that they will need to come up with a £38m offer if they want to sign the Spaniard this summer, with the Juventus striker set to hold official talks with his former club this week.
It does appear that Wenger means to find an all out goalscorer, to replace Giroud. The French hit-man has stuttered his way through the season, and despite scoring a hat-trick against Aston Villa on the last day of the season, his time is up.
So, who else should Wenger look at for the starting strikers position other than Morata? Here are FIVE options…
Why not? The 22-year-old has been one of a few positives for Everton this season. His 18 league goals have highlighted his consistency and ability to carry a team and he wants to leave Goodison Park because he says the time is right. There’s nothing for the Belgian at Everton, whereas, Arsenal can give him all he needs. Arsenal could offer him the chance to be the main striker in team that consistently qualifies for the Champions League. The fee may be more than Wenger is willing to pay, but he has the money and it would be a shrewd investment in Wenger’s final year
The young Switzerland international, was being watched in the last two transfer windows without fully proving himself. Although only 19 years old, he has impressed in the Europa and Champions League and even for the Swiss national team, but Wenger likes young, emerging talent that he can mould and Embolo could be an outside bet.
Although Wenger has expressed interest in his fellow countryman to no avail before, there is speculation that Benzema may move this summer. In the past, Wenger stuck with Giroud, but the 28 year old Real Madrid man is a proven goalscorer. He’s resisted coming to the Premier League before and there is a possible court case pending, but with club president Florentino Perez keen to add to Real Madrid’s attacking ranks in a show of power, and with Zinedine Zidane having struggled to include talented attacking midfielders such as Isco, James Rodriguez and Jese, it is widely thought that one of Madrid’s front-line trio will be sold and it could be Benzema. However good the attacker is, he has also been left out of the French squad this summer.
This would be the most astonishing signing of Wenger’s career. The Swede almost signed for the Gunners back in 2000, but according to the player Wenger never made a serious offer. “Zlatan doesn’t do auditions,” Ibrahimovic said of the encounter. The charismatic striker is desperate to play in the Premier League and the clock is now running down on his career after another successful season with Paris Saint-Germain. Manchester United are said to be close, but Arsenal are in London and in the Champions League.
The Marseille hitman has been linked with the Hammers and Spurs over the past few weeks and is much sought after another fine season in Ligue 1. Since arriving from Standard Liege two years ago, Batshuayi has been prolific for the French club. Having made 20 of his 26 appearances in his debut Ligue 1 season from the bench, he has graduated to a starting berth this campaign and racked up 17 goals in 36 appearances. And that tally comes in the context of a dire season which saw Marseille finish in the bottom half of the league for the first time in 15 years.