Six strikers Arsenal should consider signing in January

Though both Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud netted in the win over Stoke, much has been made about Arsenal’s lack of cutting edge up front.

The Gunners have lost Danny Welbeck to a long term lay-off so manager Arsene Wenger could be tempted in to making a move in January.
With Karim Benzema set to stay in Madrid, the Frenchman could turn his attentions to other targets.

It seems unlikely huge moves for Edinson Cavani and Gonzalo Higuain will be launched as early as the New Year, with Wenger lamenting the lack of value for money these days.

So, here’s a look at six alternatives to add some firepower to the Emirates outfit…

Saido Berahino


A move to North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur fell flat on deadline day, and the controversial 22-year old publicly vented his frustration.

However, bad publicity aside the bad-boy Baggie would be a great fit at the Emirates.

Aside from the pleasure of landing a young international striker ahead of your rivals, the Gunners would be acquiring a natural finisher, with pace to burn. Where Walcott possesses electric feet, the lethal instincts are not quite there.

Though not the finished article, Wenger could do a lot worse than bringing in the England U21 star.

BAFETIMBI GOMIS


The Swansea striker has been on top form so far this term, scoring 4 goals. The Frenchman flourishes as the figurehead of Garry Monk’s attack, creating a vibrant hub of attacking midfielders and wingers behind him.

That is exactly why he’s a good fit for Arsenal. He may not be the stellar name fans so often crave, but a sensible addition. He’s proven he can score goals (particularly against Wenger’s sides), can hold the ball up and hit spectacular strikes.

Described as the ‘complete striker’ by teammate Andre Ayew, he can complement both Giroud and Walcott without breaking the bank.

Cavani and Benzema may be bigger names, but unlikely to make a switch in January. Should Arsenal still be struggling, ‘Baby Drogba’ could soon find himself under Wenger’s watchful eye.

ALVARO MORATA


A middle ground between the cheap(er) options such as Berahino and Gomis and the eye wateringly expensive Cavani, Benzema and Higuain.

Since his move to Juventus, the former Real Madrid youngster has become an icon for football hipsters. His goals to eliminate Los Blancos from last year’s Champions League catapulted him into almost-elite level.

There isn’t much fancy about the young Spaniard, he’s an old fashioned type of centre forward. Able to run and graft into the channels, he’s a more mobile version of Giroud and far more suited to leading the line than Walcott.

MAURO ICARDI


Linked with a January switch to North London, last year’s Serie A joint top goal-scorer is far more lethal than all of the current options.

A quick, strong and tactically intelligent player, the controversial Argentinian may ruffle a few feathers on these shores. An ongoing feud with Mario Lopez aside, his eye for goal is something severely lacking in the Gunners’ front line.

The 22-year old can often seem uninterested in the game, only to pop up with a decisive finish. With the likes of Ozil, Sanchez and Carzola operating behind him, the former Barcelona trainee will have plenty of chances to plunder strikes.

CHARLIE AUSTIN


A move for QPR hitman Charlie Austin is not something very Wenger-like. However, if Giroud continues his downward spiral and Welbeck facing a sustained period of time out, the Frenchman may be forced into a move.

The England striker’s contract his running down at Loftus Road, and by the time the New Year rolls on around he could be entering the final 6 months of his deal. To pick up a player who netted 18 times in the Premier League on the cheap could turn out to be a masterstroke.

No doubt a departure from the archetypal Wenger centre-forward, desperate times call for desperate measures. To score that times for a wholly disjointed QPR side highlights the poaching prowess he possesses.

The amount of chances Arsenal create, it’s hard to believe a clinical finisher such as Austin wouldn’t flourish.

ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE


The Lyon striker has not looked as sharp as last season, but his wonderful spell during 2014-15 put his name on the map.

The problem with Arsenal is that Giroud and Walcott are polar opposites. Giroud lacks mobility but has a striker’s instincts. Walcott can out run almost anyone, but lacks the ice cool mentality to make him a true force – so far in his career at least.

A player such as Lacazzete is a healthy medium, and he has the technique to get involved in the intricate link up play so prevalent in Arsenal’s game.

His arrival would add balance to a lacklustre front line, and give the Gunners some much need firepower.