Paul Merson has suggested in The Daily Star that Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe would be a good signing for Arsenal.
The former Arsenal attacker believes that the England international would be a good back-up striker for the Gunners.
“Arsenal could use him as well,” Merson wrote in The Daily Star. “So many teams play with one up front that there isn’t room for two big-name strikers.
“But Defoe could fit in as a back-up and he’d be lethal coming off the bench. Look at the goals he’s scored in a struggling side. He could definitely score goals for a contender.”
Defoe has been in superb form for Sunderland this season and has probably been their best player.
The former Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United striker’s goals have proven to be crucial in the Black Cats’ successful quest to avoid the drop to the Championship.
The 33-year-old has scored 15 goals and created 21 chances in 33 Premier League matches for Sunderland this campaign.
Defoe is a proven goalscorer in the Premier League, but would he fit into Arsenal’s style? Moreover, would the Englishman be happy to be a squad player for a club, even for one as big as Arsenal?
The England international has also played for the Gunners’ bitter North London rivals Tottenham. How would the Arsenal fans react if manager Arsene Wenger signed Defoe?