Welcome to the Christmas List, this is a feature where we look at players that clubs could have on their list to Santa to help them improve in the second half of the season, starting with Arsenal.
Today, we're going to be looking at Bayer 04 Leverkusen's striker Stefan Kießling and why he would be a perfect fit for Arsenal when the transfer window re-opens.
There is no questioning the current talent within the Arsenal side and it looks like for the first time in years, they look very capable of mounting a serious title campaign. The signing of Ozil has proved a masterclass, as well as the managers perseverance with Welsh wizard Aaron Ramsey, as the two combined to launch Arsenal to the top of the league after their embarrassing 3-1 home loss to Aston Villa on opening day.
The main concern for Arsenal fans currently is what would happen if their star striker Olivier Giroud was to get injury for any lengthy period of time. The thought of Nicklas Bendtner donning the red and white shirt is enough to keep them awake at night and not one anyone would wish on them, especially after showing such promise early on.
Any signing in January is largely a gamble, especially when signing players from abroad. New players can take some time to bed in before showing the best of their abilities, but I don't think that would be the case with Leverkusen's star-man.
The German connection at Arsenal would be key in the player settling down early and being able to aid the Gunners in their title run-in. Arsenal already boast a very strong German connection, both in the first team and the youth team. German internationals Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker are already key members of the first-team squad and the likes of Serge Gnabry, Gedion Zelalem and Thomas Eisfeld breaking through, he wouldn't have any problem making the transition.
He is renowned as one of the most under-rated strikers in Europe, and in the past two seasons has been able to compete statistically with the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Mario Mandzukic in the Bundesliga. Last season he was named the top-goalscorer in the league, despite Polish frontman Lewandowski grabbing all the headlines.
The tall German was named the Bundesliga top goalscorer last season, coming out on top against the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Mario Mandzukic. He possesses the type of aerial prowess Arsene Wenger raved about just yesterday, worried that strikers like Giroud are in danger of becoming extinct in modern football.
He has started the season off in just as an impressive manner, scoring 8 league goals in his first 13 games placing him joint second and just one goal behind Lewandowski. Overall this campaign he has 12 in 19.
He will come up against Manchester United in the Champions League tonight in what should be a game for him to showcase his abilities, and should be one for Arsene Wenger to keep an eye on.
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