Last week Arsenal were linked with a move for Nigeria front-man Emmanuel Emenike, which prompted me to write an article on whether the Fenerbahce striker was right for the Gunners.
After all, Arsene Wenger’s side had been linked with a whole host of quality frontmen including Jackson Martinez, Mario Balotelli and – arguably the pick of the bunch – Mario Mandzukic.
Emenike’s current club were reportedly seeking €20million for the 27-year-old, and everything pointed to the Gunners surely getting a better deal elsewhere.
However, watching the player at this summer’s World Cup, and considering exactly what Arsenal need, the Nigerian international could actually be the perfect signing for them.
With pace and power, Emenike would offer Arsenal something up front that they do not possess in a single package.
Olivier Giroud is an out-and-out target man, while Theo Walcott has pace to burn and Lukas Podolski has guile and an eye for goal. But in Emenike, Arsenal would be signing a player who is equally adept up front or on the wing, a bullish player who could change the play when the Gunners’ passing-game fails to break down the opposition.
Giroud proved last season that he deserves his starting spot at the Emirates Stadium, but the club also need a Plan B, and Emenike could be perfect.
He would not come cheap, but players rarely do these days, and if Wenger wants to develop his side, and improve its weaker positions, the Turkish-based star could be well worth a punt despite my initial reservations.