Arsenal transfers: 24 hours to sign Radamel Falcao

Radamel Falcao

Arsenal have 24 hours to sign a striker who would solve their striking needs.

Arsenal's 1-1 draw with Leicester City underlined their need for a top class striker.

With Olivier Giroud injured, as he will remain until January, youngster Yaya Sanogo started up front. Lukas Podolski came on as a late substitute for the ineffective Frenchman, while Joel Campbell was an unused substitute.

If this is how it is going to be for the rest of the calendar year, it could be a frustrating season for the Gunners despite the talent in their ranks.

Arsene Wenger has refused to admit the club are in the hunt for a striker, even though Monaco forward Radamel Falcao is widely reported to be on the transfer market.

Guardian journalist Daniel Taylor suggested on Twitter after the game that it was bemusing Arsenal were not pushing for the Colombian.

The striker has been heavily linked with Manchester City over the past few days, while Real Madrid and Juventus were previously said to be interested.

City's attempts to sign Falcao from Monaco are complicated by the UEFA imposed limits on their number of non-homegrown players, and their need to sell Alvaro Negredo to facilitate his addition.

At Arsenal there is no such complication and rather than be one of four top strikers competing for a place, he would be assured a starting spot as by far the club's best centre-forward.

Arsenal have funds whether to complete a loan or a spectacular big money transfer, for a striker who has admitted previously his desire to play in the Premier League.

All that remains now is to be seen whether Arsene Wenger has the to pull off a transfer - the addition of Mesut Ozil showed their capability on deadline day last year, and logistically, doing such a late deal should not be beyond the Gunners.

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