Samuel Eto'o: More important for Chelsea or Arsenal?

Chelsea and Arsenal have both been linked with moves for Anzhi Makhachkala striker Samuel Eto’o but who needs him more.

Chelsea seem to be leading the race with the majority of reports suggesting that the Blues have the edge in the race to sign Eto’o with Jose Mourinho keen to add to his strike force ahead of the new season.

Chelsea do have a very talented attack but they are lacking the punch of a proven goalscorer, who would be able to improve the team and take a little bit of pressure away from Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Andre Schurrle.

Chelsea’s bids for Wayne Rooney have shown that Mourinho is intent on signing a striker before the end of the transfer window, suggesting that’s the only part of the squad he’s looking to improve.

Chelsea could certainly pay for Eto’o and they could afford his wage deal, plus they are well setup to allow him to play at the very top of the attack which is the sort of role he will desire with the next club he joins.

Arsenal are in a very similar position with their bids for Luis Suarez showing that Arsene Wenger believes the current side needs just a little more firepower up front, creating different options in the new season.

The problem for Arsenal will be his personal package because he’s currently one of the best paid players in the world at Anzhi.

Arsenal won’t get anywhere near his current wage deal but whether Arsene Wenger is likely to break the socialist wage structure at the club just to sign a 32-year-old striker is debateable.

It’s probably fair to suggest that Arsenal have more riding on any deal for a big name striker because they are looking to get the monkey off their back in terms of not having won anything since 2005.

What it boils down to is that Chelsea already have four forwards so if they miss out on Rooney and subsequently Eto’o, they can cope and they should score a similar volume of goals over the coming season.

Eto’o’s presence at Arsenal would afford Arsene Wenger the luxury of being able to rotate and rest key players who were under an immense amount of pressure last season, as well as maintaining a solid 4-5-1 formation for tense and important Champions League ties.

Both clubs are well geared up for the arrival of someone of his calibre because both teams have very talented midfields, perfectly designed to feed a proven goalscorer and Eto’o is certainly a forward who could net over 20 goals in Premier League football.

What do you think? Who needs Eto’o more?

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