Arsene Wenger is seen as a great advocate of youth football, but when circumstances dictate the Gunners boss is not afraid to call upon experience.
He has brought back Thierry Henry, Sol Campbell and Jens Lehmann in recent years when circumstances have dictated, and the chance to bring in the perfect senior player may be about to present itself.
Step forward Lazio's Miroslav Klose, who scored the 200th club goal of his career this season.
Klose has admitted he wants to call time on his experience in Rome, where he has bagged more than 30 goals in two seasons for a new challenge to freshen himself up ahead of the World Cup, falling out of favour in the international set up.
The striker is one goal short of Brazilian striker Ronaldo in the all-time tournament top scorer list, and next summer is his final shot to write his name further into history.
Klose is now 35, and is reported by Bild as being set on a move to the Premier League:
"Ciao Italia! Klose wants to go to England. Again and again there had been in recent years offers from the English Premier League. But Klose rejected them all, chose in 2011 for Italy.
"But now Klose will gladly play again on the island. He would become after the Arsenal stars Ozil, Podolski, Mertesacker and Chelsea's Schurrle, fifth national team member playing in England."
So why would Arsene Wenger take a gamble on him? Here's why:
- The top strikers in Europe are cup-tied for European football. Klose has too played in the Europa League, but he would only be a short-term investment, a stop gap until a long-term target becomes available. The market in January is condensed, with more buyers than sellers, and less chance of signing a real solution. Arsenal need a striker now, but by targeting one who is cheap, talented, and available, they save their cash for a superstar they can get next summer, rather than a panic buy like Chelsea and Demba Ba last January.
- Klose has the physical style to suit English football, and experience to adapt easily. His star name would provide a presence for opponents to fear.
- The German contingent at Arsenal would mean he would settle easily, and linking up with a player he knows in Mesut Ozil would be positive for both players and the club. Being in with a chance of winning a medal with Arsenal, as opposed to chasing placings with Lazio, would give him increased motivation. The link with Podolski and Ozil could benefit his national team chances.
- Klose would not demand to play every game due to his age at 35. This would be ideal because it would not upset Olivier Giroud's fantastic rhythm, instead offering a very dangerous plan B from the bench and who would be rotated in and out.
Back in 2007, Manchester United brought in Henrik Larsson on a short term deal in January which turned out to be a stroke of genius from Sir Alex Ferguson, and gave the club the boost they needed to win their first Premier League title in three seasons.
Klose would only really be a stop gap until the season ends, but a dangerous one at that. Arsene Wenger would be remiss not to give it some serious consideration.
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