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Seven options for Arsenal to replace Robin Van Persie

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We've all seen how Arsenal got on in their first game of the season, but there are 37 to go and the club have £24 million burning a hole in their pockets.

Should they spend it on a new striker? Here are seven suggestions for Arsenal when it comes to rebuilding their attack

Clint Dempsey

Clint Dempsey wants to leave Fulham to play in the Champions League, Arsenal are a Champions League club potentially looking for a new goalscorer, makes perfect sense doesn't it? The Fulham goalscorer can play in a variety of positions across and behind the attack, and is proven in the Premier League. He has one year left on his contract just like Van Persie, so it will be interesting to see if the Gunners can take advantage of his situation.

Fernando Llorente

Fernando Llorente would surely be the best option available, one of Spain's best strikers. He is available too, but only if Arsenal are ambitious enough to stump up the £30 million. They can offer what Athletic Bilbao can't with Champions League football, and he would be suited to the Premier League. He scored home and away against Manchester United in the Europa League last season and if Arsenal did sign him, they would be bona fide title contenders. Are they ambitious enough to go for it? 

Klaas Jan Huntelaar

Signing Van Persie's international rival would be a real kick in the teeth to their former player. Huntelaar scored prolifically in the Bundesliga with Schalke last season, and is reported not to get on with the former Arsenal captain. He would cost a lot, but he may be a very natural replacement and should guarantee goals. Tottenham have also been linked with the striker, and Schalke are said to be open to a sale if a big bid came in.  

Stefan Jovetic

Chelsea have been linked with Jovetic, but he is reported to interest Arsene Wenger too. He is a versatile forward who can play up front and behind the striker, and the 22-year-old enjoyed an excellent season last time out with Fiorentina scoring 14 times. Fiorentina are reluctant to sell and again it would require a large bid from Arsenal, but there is still time to negotiate, and again Arsenal can offer Champions League football unlike his current club. Fiorentina are also said to be keen on Chamakh, and a part-exchange deal could be struck.

Jose Callejon

Last year Arsenal plucked Park Chu-Young out of the blue, and don't rule out a similar shock swoop again. Of course that one did not work out, but taking a punt on this Real Madrid fringe player may be more successful. Callejon scored 10 goals in 8 starts for Madrid last season, plus a host of substitute appearances, but at 25 needs to play first team football. Gonzalo Higuain looks like staying at the Bernabeu so his opportunities look like being limited again. A loan move might be a good solution for all, and Wenger should attempt to make it happen. 

Daniel Sturridge

Daniel Sturridge has been linked with Arsenal for a few months now, after becoming disappointed with being played out of position at Chelsea. It looks now as though the player is needed at the club as back up to Fernando Torres, but with Chelsea also in the market for a new striker, Sturridge could start seeking a move again when one arrives. A swap deal with Walcott was also mooted, although this looks unlikely with Arsenal seeking to tie down the winger to a new contract. A bid of £12-15 million would certainly test Chelsea's resolve for one of England's brightest young prospects. 

Sign nobody

Yes, despite Arsene Wenger's pledges before selling their captain, they may have already bought his replacements. Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud will hope to each pass the 15 goals mark this season in the league, and if they can, then they jointly pass Van Persie's total. Miracles can't be expected from them individually on their debut seasons, but combined they should be a force to be reckoned with and have the pedigree to become new heroes at the Emirates. If they hit it off then an extra striker may not even be needed with Walcott, Gervinho, Cazorla all likely to chip in with goals.

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