Even before Theo Walcott suffered a season-ending injury, Arsenal needed a new striker. And while Diego Costa has been most regularly linked, the free-scoring Brazilian may remain a pipe-dream given Atletico Madrid’s outstanding form and the very real prospect of them beating Barcelona to the La Liga title.
But there is an alternative, who has already spoken of his desire to move to England when his contract expires next summer.
German international Miroslav Klose is a name familiar with the vast majority of football fans, and while he may be 35, his goal-scoring form for Lazio this season suggests his powers are not yet on the wane.
Klose scored again yesterday for the Italian side, netting an 81st-minute winner against Inter Milan.
A majestic volley gave the home side all three points and proved Klose can still make a difference at the highest level.
That strike was his fifth goal in 12 Serie A matches this season, and his third strike in just three games. And while his contract does not expire until June, Arsenal may be wise to attempt a cheeky bid for a player who will leave for nothing in six months.
Lazio will be reluctant to let him go, but he may be a gamble worth taking for Arsene Wenger – his goals potentially being the difference between Premier League glory and another missed opportunity.
With 177 career goals to date in club football, Klose could be a gamble that proves to be no gamble at all.
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