Arsenal's requirement for a striker may not be urgent, but it is pressing and could have been a situation avoided had they not bid insultingly low for Liverpool star Luis Suarez last summer.
Two failed bids for Suarez - one of which was an opportunistic £40m+£1 after they had presumably been fed false information - led the Gunners red-faced in the transfer market, before eventually acquiring German superstar Mesut Ozil for £42.4m.
While it is speculation, one cannot wonder whether Suarez would be an Arsenal player now if manager Arsene Wenger had pushed for a third offer - or even started high, with a firm £55m approach.
Since then, Suarez has raised his game immeasurably, unencumbered by the media glare that could have shackled lesser players with a fragile mentality, returning an unprecedented 22 goal and 12 assist haul in just 17 Premier League matches - an attacking efficiency of a goal/assist every 42 minutes, a superior statistic to Lionel Messi this season (one in every 72 minutes) and even Cristiano Ronaldo (every 59 minutes on average).
It would not be prudent to assume that Suarez, if - as unlikely as it would seem if Liverpool achieve a Champions League ranking finish in the division - were to be sold, then he would fetch a world breaking sum.
While this could have served as a lesson to the Arsenal management, to not seemingly low-ball a club (something they did not do with Real Madrid over Ozil) or haggle over the price-tag of a renowned superstar, it is not one they have learned in the long-run as, in the subsequent transfer window, they have once again bid low for an esteemed, technically proficient wunderkind of the Bundesliga - FC Schalke 04's Julian Draxler.
Regarded to be the next big thing in German football, Draxler can play as a wide forward or, as has been implied should he transfer to the Emirates Stadium, positioned centrally, where Wenger would give the 20-year-old the Robin van Persie and Thierry Henry treatment of taking a gifted wide forward and creating an incredible striker.
According to census amongst the media, the fee that would convince Schalke of allowing Arsenal to negotiate personal terms with their hottest commodity would have to be £37m due to a buyout stipulation in his contract that would be activated if, and only if, that figure was reached.
Arsenal, report The Sun, have offered £20m plus Lukas Podolski.
Hopefully, this is merely a part of the negotiating process, to start low, haggle, meet in the middle and gain their target for their desired price, say, £30m, rather than the full £37m, however, if their next step is, like their pursuit of Suarez, another derisory bid, then they may well be taught another hard lesson. Especially if Draxler goes on to improve his form, develop into the superstar he is heralded to be and adds further tens of mills to his price-tag - or worse, is bought by another club.
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