With the vast majority of ‘superstar strikers’ having already moved or committed to their clubs ahead of the new season, Arsenal are running out of options and need to follow Chelsea’s lead in order to make deals for their main transfer targets a reality.
It opens up the question of who Arsenal could even contemplate using to try and get either Rooney or Suarez, maybe even both, but there are definite candidates across the current squad.
In terms of the back four the Gunners could sacrifice one of their most important defenders, Thomas Vermaelen, who definitely holds a very high market value and is a player who would be desired by either Manchester United or Liverpool.
Vermaelen’s absence from the Arsenal team at the back end of last season showed they can cope without him, although they would be losing a great deal of experience and leadership.
Carl Jenkinson is also someone who could potentially be sacrificed and the 21-year-old full back certainly ticks all of the boxes as far as Liverpool are concerned. He would hold little value for United because they already have a superb full back in the form of Rafael.
It would be a difficult one for Gunners fans to take because Jenkinson showed so much potential and talent towards the end of last season.
A midfield candidate could be Aaron Ramsey, an extremely talented young player who would appeal to either club because of his potential and the fact he’s only 22-years-old.
Ramsey has struggled to produce his best form on a consistent basis for Arsenal but the chance he could form the spine of a midfield in a top side for the next 10-13 years makes him a very attractive player.
From the attack of the squad, the Gunners could use someone like Lukas Podolski to try and land Suarez or Rooney, which may sound counter productive as it leaves the attack no better off but there is value in using him.
Any Arsenal fan has to admit that Suarez and Rooney are both better strikers than Podolski, which makes the prospect of swapping the German a lot more appealing.
The only worry would be that neither Suarez nor Rooney would feel comfortable playing down the left for the Gunners, especially Rooney who has made a big song and dance over the fact he wants to play as a centre forward.
Who would you swap to get Suarez or Rooney?
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