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More goals than Suarez and a price of £34.8 million - Time for Arsenal to take a look?

Is it time Arsenal took a look at signing Jackson Martinez of Porto?

As relations between Arsenal and Liverpool become increasingly bitter, seen by Brendan Rodgers' 'class' jibe earlier, it appears as though the Gunners should at least be looking at other options.

Arsene Wenger hinted as much this weekend, but also was quick to point out he would not be revealing the identity of any of his targets.

One striker the Gunners could do worse than taking a look at is prolific Porto striker Jackson Martinez.

The Colombian is one of the highest scoring strikers from the 2012/13 season across Europe's top leagues, and one that is available at the right price. Perhaps the best 'available' striker out there.

Porto are a selling club when it comes to their top players, as seen by the departure of James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho earlier this summer.

They hope to hold onto him, but a release clause in his contract of £34.8 million takes the predicament out of their hands.

Martinez's season last year was phenomenal; he bagged 26 goals in 30 Primera Liga games, 31 strikes in all competitions.

That narrowly exceeds Luis Suarez' 30 goals in all competitions, 23 of which came in the Premier League for Liverpool.

Arsenal had a £40 million plus £1 bid turned down for the Uruguayan last month, but Liverpool have indicated it will cost Arsenal at least £50 million to get them to consider selling, and at the weekend Brendan Rodgers extravagantly claimed any offer should be in the Gareth Bale £100 million ballpark.

Liverpool were interested in signing Martinez last summer but balked at signing a player only proven in the Mexican league for £7 million, buying Fabio Borini instead, a decision with hindsight which was disastrous.

But with a month to go in the transfer window, there is every chance Martinez could yet be on the way to the Premier League.

Arsenal are running out of options, and Tottenham have been linked with splashing out on him if they do sell Gareth Bale, forming a strikeforce to fear with Roberto Soldado.

Napoli have also been linked with him heavily, to play up top alongside Gonzalo Higuain, and are so far the strongest candidates for his signature. Now that is the type of ambition Arsenal fans may just be a little envious of.

Gooners, do you see Martinez as an option? 

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