Former Arsenal man Charlie Nicholas believes ex-German international Miroslav Klose could be the perfect short-term answer for Arsene Wenger up front.
Currently in the midst of a severe striker crisis, following the long-term injury to Olivier Giroud, Arsenal have so far been frustrated in their bid to bring in help up top as the transfer deadline nears.
Most fans were calling for Wenger to add a striker even before Giroud was ruled out for the first-half of the season with a broken tibia, but the Frenchman’s spell on the sidelines has now made the cries even more frantic, especially with Yaya Sanogo struggling for goals.
The Gunners have already missed out on new Chelsea signing Loic Remy, as well as Manchester United-bound Falcao, but Nicholas thinks a last-minute run at Klose could be the answer.
‘If I was picking one that was probably the best choice [in the current squad] I think it would be Podolski, because he’s played that role, but it’s been a few seasons since he’s done that,’ he told Sky Sports.
‘I don’t see him as a genuine link-up man and I think Arsenal need a pivot forward that links play up so that Ramsey can make his runs. Giroud came on at Everton and made that difference.
‘Last winter he thought about bringing Klose to the club and one thing he does is score goals. Now, I don’t think he’s a “great” link-up man and I know he’s getting on in age, but I think somebody coming in like that with experience would interest me, but I know people probably want a bigger name.’
At Lazio since 2011, Klose netted eight times in 29 appearances for the Serie A club last season, before going on to score twice during Germany’s run to World Cup victory in Brazil.
Becoming the tournament’s all-time leading-scorer in the process with his 16th World Cup goal, the 36-year-old still has that predatory instinct which made him one of the most consistent strikers in Europe over the past decade, while he has consistently been lauded as a model professional.
Nevertheless, he signed a new one-year contract in May and, as the close of the transfer deadline nears, the former Bayern Munich star doesn't appear to be an option Wenger is considering.