£2.5m Arsenal striker target scores to send nation to the World Cup

Former Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou bagged the goal that ensured the Ivory Coast of a place in Brazil.

Recently Arsenal have been linked with a number of strikers, and one is a familiar name. Salomon Kalou, formerly of Chelsea, is now at Lille after leaving Chelsea on a free transfer in the summer of 2012.

And since the move he has not looked back. Playing as more of a central striker than he did in his time at Stamford Bridge he has banged in the goals this year - and that has made him a transfer target for Arsenal.

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Lille had to give him an incentive to make the move to Ligue 1 - and that came in the form of a measly release clause of just £2.5 million.

That has attracted Arsenal - who are seeking striking options to take the weight off of the shoulders of Olivier Giroud.

And last night Kalou bagged another goal - this one ensuring his country of a place at next summer’s World Cup.

Kalou’s Ivory Coast travelled to take on Senegal in the neutral location of Casablanca, Morocco - and did so with a 3-1 lead in tow from the first leg.

And they looked like they were sailing through to the finals - Moussa Sow scored a penalty in the 77th minute to have fingernails biting across Cote d’Ivoire.

But, with Senegal pressing for the win, The Elephants broke - with Yaya Toure laying the ball on a plate for the former Chelsea man to ensure his nation would be in Brazil next summer.

Here is the goal:

image: © Ben Sutherland

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