Dimitar Berbatov

If there’s one glaring flaw in Arsenal’s squad depth as we enter the second half of the season, it’s undoubtedly the strike force.

The Emirates faithful would love to see the likes of Diego Costa or Jackson Martinez make a last-minute North London arrival, but at this point in the January window, almost any striker that can claim to be an improvement on Nicklas Bendtner will do, which in fact gives Arsene Wenger quite a lot of options.

Somewhere near the top of the list has to be Fulham’s Dimitar Berbatov – the majestic Bulgarian’s purist, individual and gracious style is the perfect fit for the Gunners’ technically-demanding philosophy, and his link-up play would provide a like-minded service to the in-form Olivier Giroud.

Admittedly, the 32 year-old veteran hasn’t enjoyed the strongest form this season, finding just four Premier League goals since the summer. But he lead the Craven Cottage scoring charts last term with 15, and his output would undoubtedly improve in a team with Arsenal’s attacking quality.

Rather miffed about Fulham slumping into the relegation zone this season, the retired Bulgarian international handed in a transfer request in West London back in December.

And with just six months left on his current contract, it’s unlikely Fulham will be able to put up too much a fight if a decent offer comes in for the former Manchester United and Tottenham forward.

Some tabloids believe that offer could be less than £5million, which seems a steal considering Berbatov’s natural quality and title-winning experience.


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