Draxler, Hernandez, Costa or Berbatov. Which striker should Arsenal sign?

by Mystical Mike

Friday, January 24th, 2014

It’s no secret that Arsenal need a another striker if they are serious about maintaining their Premier League title dreams. The Gunners main rivals have at least 3 quality strikers, even mid table sides such as Spurs and Man United have 3.

The Gunners have once again been linked with 33,000 players this January window. But which of these are realistic targets and which player do you think would be a perfect fit?

Julian Draxler
It’s on, it’s off. According to the Telegraph, negotiations with Schalke are taking place as we speak, yet Arsene Wenger is typically giving nothing away. It all sounds a little bit Ozil to me! There’s no doubting the young Germans talents, he would be a great long term addition to the squad. But have we got time to bed the midfielder in? He will also be cup tied for the Champions League, meaning our plan B consists of Nicklas Bendtner and Ya Ya Pongo, I’m sure Bayern will be running scared at the sight of Mr pink boots.
Verdict – One for 2015, sign him now before Chelsea do.

Javier Hernandez
The little Mexican wants out, it’s true, it was on the back of the Sun. Can’t say I blame him, the thought of playing Locomotive Plopdiv on a freezing Thursday night in front of 6 people isn’t exactly appealing. With a World Cup coming up, the Little Pea needs first team football. Will he get that at Arsenal? Probably not, but an injury to Giroud means he’d get more game time with the Gunners.
Verdict – Plan B, a great back up striker.

Diego Costa
The Arsenal PR machine were in full swing a few weeks back. It’s all gone quiet now. Dritan Rexhepi aside, Costa is one of the most wanted men in Europe. Atletico’s superb start to the season has been down in part to Costa, scoring 19 goals in 20 La Liga appearances. Wenger is a fan, but one must take note of a certain striker who can’t even get in the Spuds side. Will he turn out to be the new Papa Cisse?
Verdict – Is he the real deal? Would Wenger take that risk?

Dimitar Berbatov
The cool Bulgarian is perhaps the best fit, his hold up play is excellent, scores goals and brings other players into the game. At 30 he won’t have many big moves left in him. Even if the Gunners do spend £37 million on Draxler or Costa, this is a no brainer, at 2 million Arsenal can’t lose.
Verdict – Sign him up. Like for like, perfect back up for Giroud.

Other players have been mentioned including an ex Bolton striker, who once scored a goal for the Trotters, and the brilliant Loric Remy. Personally, I’d love to see Remy at Arsenal, he’s quick, scores all kind of goals and reminds me of a certain number 14.

With Mr Pink boots back from injury, Wenger will see him as the back up option required. I’m not so sure, but what do I know? I wanted him out last season. Since then I have been forced to use my 12 inch plate with lots of words on.

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