Arsenal have been reportedly linked with moves for several top profile strikers this summer but can the answer for Arsene Wenger be found in his very own league?
Diego Costa, Mario Balotelli, Mario Mandzukic, the calibre of the players Arsenal could potentially sign this summer is very impressive but Wenger may be better off focusing on a striker currently plying his trade down on the south coast.
Jay Rodriguez is one of the highest scoring players in the Premier League and Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge is the only English player to have scored more goals in England’s top flight so far this season. In fact, only three players have scored more goals this season.
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Rodriguez has shown a remarkable ability to adapt and play well against the best sides in one of the toughest divisions in Europe and he’s a player Arsenal are reported to have been monitoring in the past.
The Gunners were strongly linked with the Saints hit man at the back end of last year but nothing came of the interest as the January transfer window came and went with no activity.
From this summer, the 24-year-old will have two years left to run on his Southampton contract and while he won’t be a cheap signing if Arsenal choose to go for him, he’s likely to be cheaper than some of the options at higher profile clubs.
That will release surplus cash for Wenger to spend on improving other areas of the squad.
Rodriguez has all the hallmarks of a typical Wenger signing; a top quality talent, who Wenger can turn into a superstar fit to lead the Arsenal attack on a regular basis.
He’s the sort of forward who would work well with Arsenal’s slick and pass based midfield because that’s the sort of upbringing and Premier League experience he’s been able to gain at Southampton.
Rodriguez could jump at the chance to play in the Champions League and a side another level ahead of the Saints. The main problem for Arsenal will be how long the queue is to get hold of him if he has a fantastic World Cup with England in Brazil.