Arsenal have been linked with yet another striker, Adrian Lopez, fuelling the growing concerns that Van Persie is indeed on his way out of the club.
Having completed the signings of Giroud and Podolski, this rumour will raise eyebrows amongst the Arsenal faithful; three strikers in one summer is a hefty turnover and not likely to produce immediate results. However, with a current strike force of Gervinho, Chamakh, Park and the exit-bound RVP, it is not too surprising to see Wenger make such drastic moves.
Lopez was a key component in Atletico Madrid’s Europa League winning season, scoring 11 goals in 36 games and keeping the frustrated former Gunner Antonio Reyes out of the team. His success at Atletico follows from a good year with struggling Deportivo, where he finished top goalscorer after several years as a squad player.
The statistics do not read well for Arsenal fans however, with the striker only amassing 27 goals in his career to date, although 15 of these have come in the 24 year old’s last two seasons. With Wenger favouring a 4-3-3 formation with one central striker, it is likely that Lopez would be fielded in a wider position along with Podolski, with Giroud playing centrally if RVP departs.
At £10-14 million, Arsenal’s summer spending would rise to around £35 million, suggesting Wenger is ready to spend big in order to launch an attack on the Manchester dominance. Since their last league win in 2005, Arsenal have recorded a net transfer gain of around £20 million.
As such their almost constant Champions League qualification is admirable, but if they want to break their duck then significant spending will be needed, and they must be prepared to make a loss.
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