Giroud upgrade? Why Arsenal should swoop for £15m Premier League striker

Olivier Giroud

Everton were today linked with a £15m swoop for Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony, but should Arsenal be looking at signing him too?

Arsenal's Premier League title challenge took a monumental hit on Saturday, as they were thrashed 6-0 by London rivals Chelsea in yet another disappointing game against their championship rivals - after all, they were also hammered 6-3 at Manchester City and 5-1 at Liverpool.

With the FA Cup now arguably their only realistic chance of silverware this season, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will need to hit the transfer market this summer in order to strengthen a Gunners side that looks set to fall away from a title challenge late in the season yet again.

Part of the problem has been the strikers - or lack of. Olivier Giroud has had a solid if unspectacular season, scoring 12 Premier League goals, but there has been no depth behind him, with Nicklas Bendtner and Yaya Sanogo offering little in the way of support.

As a result, Wenger simply has to look at bringing in another striker this summer, and speculation today suggest that Everton will look to sign Swansea City's Wilfried Bony to replace Romelu Lukaku at the end of the season, with the Belgian's loan spell from Chelsea set to end.

The Ivorian will reportedly cost around £15m to prise away from the Liberty Stadium, less than a year after Michael Laudrup brought him to South Wales from Vitesse Arnhem for a club-record £12m.

Bony, 25, has hit 10 goals in the Premier League this season - just two shy of Giroud, despite playing almost 750 minutes fewer than the Frenchman - and with almost half as fewer big missed chances as Giroud, it suggests that given the improved service he would receive from the likes of Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil, Bony could thrive.

With Wenger operating with a lone striker, Bony's strength and athleticism lends itself to that role, and offers an even more physical option than Giroud up front. £15m may look like a big gamble, but with his impressive displays in a struggling side, Bony could certainly excel at the Emirates Stadium.

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