Seven free agent strikers Arsenal can still sign

Mladen Petric

Arsenal signed Mesut Ozil, but did not sign a striker on deadline day. But they could still add one in...

Arsenal completed the headline bit of transfer business they wanted to on deadline day, and what a deal it was - £42.4 million Mesut Ozil signing terms with around an hour to spare.

The Gunners were unsuccessful however in terms of signing Demba Ba from Chelsea, the striker they wanted to add on loan.

He follows Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez as top strikers Arsenal were linked with over the course of the summer, and it has to be a slight concern that the club are slightly light in the department after Lukas Podolski was ruled out injured for 10 weeks.

Olivier Giroud is the main man, and Theo Walcott can play centrally, but beyond that it leaves Nicklas Bendtner, Yaya Sanogo, or Chuba Akpom - perhaps a preferable option to them both.

Nevertheless it is not too late to add one more in, given there are a number of free agents on the market.

Don't expect to be bowled over by their quality - they are without a club for a reason. But as stop gap, Arsene Wenger may want to ask himself - Are any of these guys better than Nicklas Bendtner?

Ciprian Marica

Ciprian Marica was even linked with signing for Arsenal early in August, with his agent claiming - perhaps hopefully- that the Gunners had made a bid. Marica is a 27-year-old Romanian international with 21 goals in 63 matches. He was playing for Schalke last season, where he scored six goals. He once cost Stuttgart £6 million, when they bought him from Shakhtar Donetsk.

Mladen Petric

Mladen Petric was playing in the Premier League this time last season with Fulham, where he dazzled on the opening day, scoring twice and setting up another. The 32-year-old helped knock England out of European qualifying by scoring at Wembley in Croatia's 3-2 win back in 2007. He has 12 international goals in 44 games. Petric scored five times for Fulham last season, but was displaced from the side by Dimitar Berbatov. His former clubs include Borussia Dortmund, Basel, and Hamburg.

Glynor Plet

Glynor Plet has only been a free agent for three days, having been released by FC Twente at the end of August. The Amsterdam-born striker is 26, and has 19 Eredivisie goals to his name in two seasons, having spent his early career the lower leagues prior to 2010. He was loaned back to FC Genk last season where he struck 17 goals including two in the Europa League after falling out with Steve McClaren at Twente. He rose to fame as the top scorer for second division club Telstar, scoring 39 goals in 73 games.

Joseba Llorente

Does the name Joseba Llorente sound vaguely familiar? The striker was once near-prolific for Villareal, scoring 19 goals in 2008/09, 15 coming in La Liga. He had spent three years at Real Valladolid, where he netted 57 in three seasons. Llorente is now 33, and saw his career derailed by injury. He was released by Real Sociedad this summer after an unsuccessful spell at Osasuna last season. Similar in style to Giroud, his experience could still make him a wise head to have around and bolster the Arsenal attack.

Roman Adamov

Roman Adamov was released by Czech side Viktoria Plzen this summer, for who he was used mainly as a substitute last season. Adamov is a 31-year-old former Russian international who played alongside Andrei Arshavin at Euro 2008, and even shares an agent with the former Gunner. He was the top scorer in the Russian Premier League back in 2008, and has recently played for Rubin Kazan and FC Rostov. 

Robert Vittek

Football fans may remember Robert Vittek as the Slovakian striker who netted four goals at World Cup 2010, including strikes against Holland and Italy. Now 31, the striker finds himself a free agent. Vittek has 23 international goals in total. He was playing in Lille back in 2010 and has spent his career since in Turkey, mainly with Trabzonspor. A serious knee injury in 2012 reduced his playing time, but he did net four goals in 10 games last season.

Artem Milevskiy

Milveskiy is a Ukrainian international striker with 50 caps to his name. the 28-year-old was released after falling out of favour at Dynamo Kiev, and was earlier this summer linked with a move to Serie A. He won 13 trophies with Kiev, and has twice been named the Ukrainian footballer of the year in 2008 and 2009. He has scored against both Real Madrid and Barcelona in the Champions League.

Would you take a chance on any of them as a stop-gap?

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