251 goals in 415 games striker - Perfect for Arsenal after shock relegation?

Should Arsenal move for Fred after Fluminense got relegated at the weekend.

Arsenal are reportedly only looking to bring in one player in the January transfer window - and that player will be a central striker.

At the moment The Gunners are currently using Olivier Giroud as their main striker - and have only Nicklas Bendtner in support.

Youngsters Yaya Sanogo and Chuba Akpom are not ready and while Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott provide options they are not the bulky central man that Wenger craves to offer Giroud relief when needed.

Now plenty of names have been linked with filling that role. Dimitar Berbatov, Fernando Llorente, Karim Benzema and yeah you get the point. If you are above 6ft 1ins tall and are pretty tasty in front of goal - likelihood is Arsene Wenger is ‘scouting’ you … not you Adebayor, sit down.

But is there one player they are overlooking? One player perfect for the role? One player who is likely to want a transfer very soon?

That player is Fred.

The Brazilian hero of the FIFA Confederations Cup has had a stint in Europe before - initially impressing but then trailing off whilst with French outfit Lyon in their powerhouse days.

Since then he has been back in his homeland - and last year his goals fired Fluminense to the Brazilian league title.

The Brazilian season has just finished and they failed to retain their title, with Cruzeiro running away with it.

But it was a lot worse than that - because they got relegated.

They, along with fellow Brazilian mainstays Vasco da Gama have been relegated along with Ponte Preta and Nautico to Serie B.

Fred has been injured for most the campaign and has not played since September after suffering a right quad injury that required surgery.

But he is now back in full training and is unlikely to want to play at such a low level in a World Cup year - especially when he leads the line for the Selecao’a fluid front-three.

So should Arsenal make a move?

He is certainly proven, his incredible 251 goals in 415 club appearances is testament to that fact - as is his 16 goals in 31 games for Brazil.

Arsenal could certainly use him, and if the Fred that turned up in the 2013 Confederations Cup was in North London - well the title might just be assured.

Fran Merida's career now sees him playing in Brazil - and he was involved in the game which made front and back page news around the world due to horrific violence between supporters.

The Spaniard plays for Atletico Paranaense whose fans clashed with those of Vasco da Gama on Sunday night - with one airlifted to hospital in a critical condition.

Play was suspended for 70 minutes as a helicopter landed on the pitch with three more supporters seriously injured.

Atletico Paranaense defender Luiz Alberto was pictured in tears on the pitch as he described seeing fans beaten and kicked unconscious.

23-year-old Merida, who quit Arsenal for Atletico Madrid was an unused substitute in the match which his side eventually won 5-1.

He was tracked down by Spanish newspaper

image: © joao_victor2011

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