Champions League goals suggest Wenger keen on wrong Porto striker

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The Arsenal manager has spoken in glowing terms about Jackson Martinez but could Arsenal be better served in the long-term by his understudy?

Arsene Wenger has made no secret of his admiration for in-demand Porto striker Jackson Martinez but would Arsenal be better off going for another low-cost alternative currently residing at the Portuguese club?

Much has been made of the fact that the Colombian, now 28, is set to leave the Estadio Do Dragao this summer, after three years at Porto.

Arsenal are among those believed to be keen on the South American, with Fichajes.net previously reporting that the Gunners were set to table an offer of around £25.4 million for the striker.

Wenger, meanwhile, has spoken in glowing terms about the forward, telling beIN Sports in quotes published by Goal.com that Martinez has "top physical strengths" and is "hugely efficient".

"He could play in the Premier League because he has the body to make the difference. He uses it in a very intelligent way with very short back lift and he's a very good finisher," the Frenchman added.

But with the north London club likely to face fierce competition for the signing of the former Chiapas striker, would Arsenal be better served by thinking outside of the box.

Martinez may have racked up 86 goals in 122 games but he is likely to be the subject of interest from several billionaire-backed European clubs capable of outgunning Arsenal in the transfer market.

And the signing of the Colombian could yet prove to be an expensive gamble – he may have scored goals galore in Portugal but he is unproven in any of Europe’s major leagues, is in the peak years of his career and was unable to force his way into Colombia’s first team at the World Cup last summer despite the absence of Radamel Falcao.

His compatriot’s poor form at Manchester United may also put Arsenal off any blockbuster deal for Martinez, who would have little in the way of sell-on value should he fail to impress at the Emirates.

Instead, Arsenal could be better served by looking at his younger Porto teammate Vincent Aboubakar, the man who stood in for the currently injured Martinez in Europe this week.

The 23-year-old remains a diamond-in-the-rough but after scoring a sensational goal against Basel in the Champions League, he could be worth what would likely be an inexpensive gamble.

Strong, skilful and good in the air, the Cameroon international has all the necessary attributes to thrive in the English top-flight.

Signed from Lorient last summer after scoring 16 goals in Ligue 1 over the previous season, Aboubakar may have played a bit-part role for Porto so far this season but he could be a star in the making.

That Basel goal was not the first screamer netted by the African youngster in Europe this season either, having scored in similarly spectacular fashion against Shakhtar Donetsk in the group stages.

The opportunity to work under Wenger would also undoubtedly be one Aboubakar would jump at, having spent much of his career to date in France.

Purchasing Martinez could provide Arsenal with the striker they need to win more trophies next season but sign Aboubakar and Wenger could lay the foundations for many years of silverware at the Emirates.

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