Arsenal fans still non-so-patiently await a new signing but the manager revealed this week that the Gunners are not close to signing anyone, despite reports linking them with a number of high-profile targets.
Reports claim that negotiations with Real Madrid have broken down over the 25-year-old Argentine and other reports assert that Liverpool have rejected a £30 million for their 26-year-old Uruguayan; whilst United have insisted Rooney is not for sale and Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho has entered the frame stating that the 27-year-old Englishman is his ‘only target’.
Now, reports speculate that the North Londoners are preparing to up their bid for Suarez to £40 million, which sounds excessive for a club as now-infamously miserly as Arsenal to spend.
Is it conceivable that Arsenal should just go back to the drawing board and start from scratch, identify new targets and cut their losses on their present trio of ‘targets’?
There are, after all, other quality strikers out there – not many, admittedly – but they do exist.
There’s Stephan Kiessling of Bayern Leverkusen who scored 25 goals in 34 Bundesliga appearances last term. There’s Jackson Martinez who scored 26 for Porto. There’s, of course, Swansea’s Michu who bagged 18 last season, Galatasaray's prolific Burak Yilmaz. with a tally of 24 league goals - both who could come under their consideration.
Looking at the ever-increasingly limited options (most of the top top quality targets have already moved on this summer) it’s all of a sudden apparent exactly why Arsenal are struggling to make quality signings and, furthermore, why Higuain, Rooney and Suarez are their priority targets – they are the best players with the most proven track record over a sustained period.
The Gunners are caught somewhere between a rock and a hard place now – do they persist with deals that may never come to fruition or move down the food chain to lesser quality targets that are likely more achievable?
Do they keep walking down roads that may turn out to be dead-ends or do they turn around and start from scratch?
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