The 27-year-old Colombia international came out publicly to declare his boyhood love for the Gunners in what was effectively a ‘come and get me plea’ to Arsene Wenger, who has made no secret of his desire to sign a centre-forward in January.
According to reports in the Metro this week, it now appears the North Londoners are giving the striker his wish and looking into the possibility of signing him but, if the deal goes through this month, what could he bring to Arsenal’s title challenge?
With Theo Walcott ruled out for at least six months with an anterior cruciate ligament injury suffered last weekend, Arsene Wenger will need to replace the Englishman’s goals in the team. Walcott had been in fine form following his return from injury, scoring five goals in five games, but his tally of 21 goals in all competitions last term is hard to come by.
However, Jackson Martinez is perhaps one of the few players on the continent who has the undoubted quality, experience and proven record of matching that kind of tally and overall consistency.
Since arriving in Portugal from Chipas in his native Colombia, he has scored no less than 50 goals in all competitions for Porto, averaging a goal every 0.76 games or every 68 minutes on the pitch. This term he has scored 12 goals in 14 games, averaging a goal every 104 minutes.
Last season he ended the season with 26 goals in 30 games, his debut season in the Primeira Liga, averaging a goal every 103 minutes as well scoring three goals in the Champions League.
At 27 years of age he has the maturity and consistency to perform at a top-level club like Arsenal and could very well emulate the success of his predecessor at Porto, Radamel Falcao who managed 70 goals in 91 appearances in Spain with Atletico Madrid before signing for Monaco this summer for a mere €60 million.
Martinez would likely set the Gunners back around €40 million but he would very likely pay them back in kind and, if he could fire them to the Premier League title for the first time in a decade, it would surely be money well spent.
At 6ft1” there is no reason he could not handle the physical intensity of the Premier League and, apart from his obvious capability, he is a boyhood Arsenal fan who has made his desire to join the Gunners no secret since the start of the year.
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