Eight months after Arsene Wenger felt the full brunt of the Arsenal supporters’ frustrations for failing to land a new striker during the January transfer window, the French boss could find himself in a similar position come 11pm tonight.
Following the injury to Olivier Giroud, the Gunners yet again find themselves lacking bodies up-front with the inexperienced Yaya Sanogo trusted to lead the line.
Despite his promise, Sanogo’s struggles and wastefulness in-front of goal during Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at Leicester City epitomised the current problems at the Emirates.
They need a top-class striker, and they need one today.
After being beaten to the signing of Loic Remy by rivals Chelsea at the weekend, the biggest name linked with a deadline day move to North London is Sevilla striker Carlos Bacca.
According to the Spanish publication El Desmarque Sevilla, however, the Gunners have a tough fight on their hands to secure a deal as the La Liga outfit are accepting no less than his €30 million release clause.
“In England they point to Arsenal wanting the Sevilla striker but the club, in this case, demand the striker’s €30 million release clause. In London they assure that Arsenal can offer €16 million for Bacca to replace Giroud, but Sevilla ask for €30 million.” The report states.
The 27-year-old joined Sevilla on a five-year deal from Club Brugges last summer for a reported bargain €7 million fee. In his first season in Spain, he notched 14 La Liga goals in 35 appearances and helped the club win the Europa League.
Spanish publication Marca were so impressed with his debut campaign that they voted him as the best signing of the 2013/14 La Liga campaign.