Jovetic/Higuain no-go? Five Arsenal striker transfer alternatives

Roberto Soldado

If Arsenal are about to miss out on their top two striker targets, there are plenty of other talented options.

Arsenal's two top striker targets, apart from the young Yaya Sanogo, have been repeatedly highlighted as Stevan Jovetic and Gonzalo Higuain.

So when word came in midweek that firstly Higuain was likely to head to Juventus, and Jovetic also wants to stay in Italy, it sort of left Arsenal's plans up in the air, and with it all to do - That's if you believe they were the top targets anyway of course.

This time of year you can never completely take anything as read, look at Joao Moutinho pledging his future to Porto before signing with Monaco days later this week, but Arsenal aren't in a tax free principality like Thierry Henry's former side.

Both deals are still possible, and Higuain's agent has backtracked a bit, realising Juventus and Real Madrid are still some way off agreeing a fee.

But if the club are unsuccessful in pursuit of them both, they need to have alternatives lined up. Here are five they should and may be considering... 

Christian Benteke

Christian Benteke is impossible to ignore after his 19 Premier League goals this season for Aston Villa, and he may just have put the Gunners on alert with supposed comments about wanting to join the Gunners this week. Benteke's agent has since said the player was misquoted, but the fact he supported Arsenal is no secret. The sticking point is Aston Villa's reluctance to sell, and high price tag at £20 million - a fee Wenger is unlikely to want to pay for a striker who cost just £7 million a year earlier.

Alvaro Negredo

We wrote earlier this week that if Arsenal weren't looking at Negredo before, they really should be now. He outscored both Jovetic and Higuain, bagging 26 goals this season for Sevilla, and is open to a move. He ruled out a switch to Spurs, saying he would only join a Champions League club, and at 27-years-old he is right at his peak, and wants to test himself at the top level.

Oscar Cardozo

Benfica's Oscar Cardozo has been compared to Falcao, despite being older, and is an intimidating presence for any defender to cope with. The Paraguayan striker has been prolific for Benfica for several seasons and there is no doubt he would score a hatful in the Premier League, which would suit his game. He has scored past Chelsea and Manchester United in recent seasons, and netted 25 goals in 28 starts this season. Even at 30, he has to be a wildcard option for Wenger.

Roberto Soldado

Roberto Soldado (pictured) recently admitted he could move on from Valencia this summer and has enjoyed another superb season, netting 21 La Liga goals for his club. A former Real Madrid striker, like Negredo he is 27 - but he does have more substantial Champions League experience, scoring a hat-trick earlier this season against former Arsenal star Alex Hleb's side BATE Borisov.

Wilfried Bony

Wilfried Bony is the next big thing to emerge from the Eredivisie, topping the goal charts and catching the attention of clubs across Europe. Being Ivorian, the 24-year-old has not so imaginatively been described as the 'next Drogba' and reports a month ago even claimed Arsenal's board were interested in him, although Wenger was less enthused. Arsenal will face competition for him, but Bony is expected to be available for around £15 million from Vitesse Arnhem.

image: © Victor Gutierrez Navarro

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