Arsenal’s need for options upfront has grown so pressing that even Arsene Wenger has admitted he may be on the look-out for a striker this January.
Robin Van Persie is an immense talent, but he simply can’t be expected to carry the whole Arsenal team on his back. Marouane Chamakh is unreliable and Park-Chu Young just doesn’t seem ready, so it’s up to Wenger and his scouting team to bring in somebody who can provide Arsenal with goals.
Whilst my ideal option would be Cologne’s Lukas Podolski, the German forward may well decide that he wishes to stay in the Bundesliga. So it makes sense at this early stage to consider other options.
Without wanting to show Newcastle fans any disrespect, I can’t help but wonder if their Senegalese forward Demba Ba could be an option. Newcastle have lost enough players to ‘bigger’ clubs in recent years and will be keen to keep hold of their leading goal scorer. Despite this, however, I’m sure that plenty of top teams will be keeping tabs on Ba this January.
He has scored 11 goals this season (the same number as Sergio Aguero) in the Premier League alone. He has been nothing short of prolific and given the fact that he was also successful in a poor West Ham side last season it’s fair to say that he has proved himself in the League.
But he’s not yet at a stage where he could command an exorbitant price-tag. As such the Gunners could pick him up at a relatively reasonable price, should they persuade Newcastle to sell.
Given the fluency of Arsenal’s midfield, Demba Ba would receive plenty of service. In turn, given the fact that he’s a natural goal scorer (unlike say – Chamakh or Bendtner) I’m sure he’d score plenty of goals. He simply doesn’t strike me as another Andy Carroll – a man who looked capable, but flopped on the big stage.
I think it’s Ba’s attitude that elevates him above other Premier League strikers. His determination and competitive edge make certain that he’s always racing to be in the right place at the right time.
Of course, it’s worth considering that Ba will be off the African Cup of Nations this January. Given that Chamakh and Gervinho will also be off, Arsenal will be pretty short in this area.
But is this enough to rule out a move for one of the Premier League’s best strikers?