Most Arsenal fans were expecting a deadline day arrival to fill the gap left by Robin Van Persie. But the clock continued to count down and no further transfer activity took place.
The Gunners have had a good start to the season but are still lacking that clinical edge in front of goal. Giroud grabbed his first Premier League goal last weekend but is yet to adapt fully to life in England. Arsene has also given Gervinho the chance to play through the middle, and whilst he has been impressive, he cannot be considered our main target man. Theo Walcott has also thrown his name in to the hat and wants to play primarily as a striker, but Arsene is yet to grants his wishes.
Reports are suggesting that the Gunners boss will have £35 million to spend this January and that he has stepped up his efforts to sign a striker, fit to fill the void left by Van Persie. Arsenal’s scouts have apparently been set the task of searching globally for realistic targets to go for this January. With an impressive attacking force consisting of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla being able to create chances, Arsenal are missing a world-class striker to finish them off.
The names being banded about are Fernando Llorente, Adrian Lopez, Stevan Jovetic and Abel Hernandez. Athletic Bilbao’s Llorente is out of contract this summer, and with the financial troubles rocking Spanish football at the moment, the club may look to cash-in on the striker to avoid the risk of losing him for nothing. The Spanish international is definitely a world-class act and has been highly impressive for Bilbao.
At 27, Llorente will be keen to impress on a bigger stage, and Arsenal can offer him Champions League football. Llorente featured for Spain in the 2010 World Cup and also the European Championships earlier this year. Llorente scored 29 goals last season for Bilbao and has firmly established himself as a legend at the club. Costing around £15 million, he could prove to be an absolute bargain, considering the prices currently being paid by other clubs for strikers.
Another name is Adrian Lopez. The 24 year old has firmly established himself in the Athletico Madrid first team after signing on a free transfer least season. Lopez made is debut for Spain earlier this year against Serbia and got himself on the score sheet Once again, Lopez may prove to be a bargain, costing in the region of £10 – £15 million, but is not yet the finished article.
Arsenal do not need another striker to join the club who will need time to settle in. They need a proven goalscorer to show his class from day one. Therefore, the only option is Llorente. Though older, at 27 he has vast experience and would be a perfect fit at the club. Linking up with compatriots Cazorla and Arteta, Llorente can go to become a real class act for the club.
Come January, I hope Arsene does step up his attempts to sign the Bilbao hit-man. And at £15 million, a real steal.