Another day, another striker. The latest is Athletico Madrid’s Adrian Lopez. With Nicholas Bendtner, Park Chu-Young and Marouane Chamakh’s future’s lying elsewhere and Theo Walcott’s contract negotiations stalling, the boss may still add another striker to his squad.
The young forward is likely to cost around £14 million, a bargain considering prices being paid by other clubs these days. However, with Falcao’s stock continually rising and his departure more than likely, would Athletico really consider selling Lopez too?
Apparently, the Gunners will send scouts to Spain this weekend to run the rule over the Athletico man with the hope of luring him to North London in January. Wenger is no doubt looking to strengthen his attacking options, and there aren’t too many options for that price. Lopez has the desired composure in front of goal, stronger than the likes of Walcott and has the ability to create chances. Wenger may even decide to play him on the right. Whilst Olivier Giroud may not be banging in the goals, he has provided four assists this season. He can hold up the ball and bring in the three behind him, linking up play well. Giroud may perhaps turn creator and be relied upon to provide opportunities for Podolski et al.
However, what would worry me about Lopez is his consistency. He has not scored more than seven goals in any of his previous seasons and that brings up the question of what he will actually add to Arsene’s squad. I will definitely be watching Athletico play Real Sociedad this weekend and closely watch Lopez. Perhaps he needs to consistently perform with Athletico before securing a move away. You would have to think; if he’s 24 and genuinely class, then why so cheap? If Arsenal decide to go for him it will be a long-term investment, one for the future. But that’s not what we need. We need experience and quality from the off.
So look as hard as you wish guys, but my hopes are still resting on Llorente swapping the red and white of Bilbao for the red and white of Arsenal. Bring in a world-class striker and you’ll still have £20 million to spare.