Arsenal still have yet to spend this January but are linked with three of the continent’s most exciting attacking options.
The Gunners have been linked with German ‘wonderkid’ Julian Draxler who could reportedly be the subject of a bid from the North Londoners.
The 20-year-old attacking midfielder is exactly the kind of player Wenger adores in terms of his technical quality and huge potential but the Schalke ace is young and inexperienced and could take time to adapt to a Premier League title fight.
Meanwhile, Wenger already has a wealth of players in his position and room for rotation in his midfield more than any other department. At around €37 million, Draxler would be an expensive purchase in an area they are not short of options.
Where the Gunners are short is up front – injury to top scorer last season Theo Walcott who will be out for at least six months has only compounded Wenger’s over-reliance on Olivier Giroud and signing a centre-forward with proven goal scoring ability and form could be the difference between a trophy and none this term.
The Gunners are linked with a potential loan move for Real Madrid youngster Alvaro Morata but the 21-year-old striker would likely only be a ‘stop-gap’ signing to cover for Giroud in the short term.
The Spaniard might find it hard to adapt from barely playing in Spain to a mid-season Premier League title fight as a centre-forward – it’s a lot to ask of a young player, especially if Giroud requires a spell out of the team via injury or suspension.
I’m not convinced, despite his undisputed ability, that Morata can have the impact on Arsenal’s title charge that Wenger requires. A player like Porto frontman Jackson Martinez, however, could. The problem is they will have to wait for the summer as the player said last night he would not be moving anywhere this January.
If Wenger intends to dip into his pocket in such fashion, I would suspect it will be for a player he sees playing for Arsenal for years and with his need for a striker who can come straight in and compete with Giroud. I think, in that context, any move for Morata would be seen as a plan B.
So none of these are ideal fits, or in Martinez' case, possible this January. So where does Wenger turn next? The transfer clock is ticking down and time is running out for the Frenchman to find an ideal solution to take the club's title challenge to the next level.
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