Five top class alternative January targets to Luis Suarez for Arsenal

Karim Benzema

Arsenal may struggle with a big money bid to sign Luis Suarez from Liverpool this winter.

The Gunners are reportedly going to go back to Liverpool with £50 million on the table as Arsene Wenger has another go at trying to get the Uruguayan to move down south.

However, there are several reasons which suggest it will be difficult for the Gunners to tempt Suarez away with very little sense in Liverpool agreeing to the deal in the middle of the season.

If Wenger is very keen on some attacking reinforcements then he may have to look at alternative targets, which the club can ably afford.

Robert Lewandowski

The Polish star’s contract at Borussia Dortmund expires next summer which means if he’s not going to sign a new deal, the German side will be forced to move him on in January to get a fee.

Bayern Munich have been heavily linked with him but Arsenal definitely have the resources to blow the German and European champions out of the water.

In terms of contemporary centre forwards there are few better suited to Arsenal than Lewandowski who has been refined in both number nine and number ten roles by Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp.

Karim Benzema

The 25-year-old Frenchman is a player that Arsenal were strongly linked with over the course of the summer but they were unable to do a deal for him before the transfer window closed.

Real Madrid will be toying with the idea of opening talks with the striker over a new deal with his current contact expiring in the summer of 2015. Arsenal can test the Spanish side’s resolve with a decent bid for the player, who would be well suited to sitting at the top of Arsenal’s attack.

Similarly to Lewandowski, Benzema is a forward who is used to playing in a side that like to play slick passing football meaning it wouldn’t be too difficult for him to adjust to Arsenal’s style of play.

Javier Hernandez

Chicharito has endured a very frustrating recent spell at Manchester United, unable to force his way regularly into the team under Sir Alex Ferguson in the last campaign and David Moyes in the current campaign.

His contract expires in the summer of 2016 and United’s reluctance to sell to a rival could make this deal expensive and difficult for the Gunners to nail down.

However, Chicharito is one of the best forwards in the Premier League when it comes to having that killer predatory instinct to score goals and the improvisational skills to get the ball into the back of the net by any means necessary.

It would also be another chance for the Gunners to get one over on Tottenham Hotspur who were linked with a potential £15 million offer last month.

Burak Yilmaz

The 28-year-old Turkish striker was mentioned as a possible alternative to Luis Suarez last month and there’s every reason he could still be a great signing for Arsenal in the winter transfer window.

He’s got a decent record at international level and is one of the inform strikers in Europe right now with two goals and two assists from three matches for Galatasaray. If he can maintain that form through to the winter then he has to be worth a look.

His contract situation is similar to Hernandez’s due to expire in the summer of 2016 and he won’t be cheap because that deal includes the option for Galatasaray to trigger a one-year extension.

Jackson Martinez

Porto’s Colombian star resisted the chance to push for a move away from the Portuguese side and there is ever indication a few teams are going to be taking another look this January.

He’s had an equally impressive start to the season as Yilmaz with three goals in three matches. His age, 26-years-old, makes him a good potential investment because the three-years left on his contract would means a massive fee required to trigger a deal.

However, it would be worth it because he’s showing every sign that he could maintain his impressive record of 26 goals in 20 league games from last season.

What do you think? Who would you like to see Arsenal target as an alternative to Suarez?

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