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Wilfried Bony would not command the same price as Radamel Falcao or David Villa.
Arsenal fans want Arsene Wenger to sign established names like David Villa or Radamel Falcao, but that isn't Arsene Wenger's style.
He prefers to make stars rather than buy them.
One of the motivating factors behind that stance is pure economics. Buying players with potential rather than world-renown stars is more affordable for a club with Arsenal’s budget. In that respect, Wilfried Bony suits the Gunners down to the ground. At 24, he is about to enter the peak years of his career.
He also fits the required physical profile. When Arsene Wenger first came to England, he revolutionised the game by signing powerful, athletic players. Although he has more recently tended to recruit smaller, technical footballers, Bony is in that original "Arsenal" mould.
Like Emmanuel Adebayor before him, Wilfried Bony is a forward with extroardinary physical gifts to complement his technical ability.
His origins in the game are typical of an Arsene Wenger signing too. He grew up playing street football in Abidjan, also the birth place of former Gunner Emmanuel Eboue, and the city where Kolo Toure began his footballing education.
On the subject of his Ivorian nationality, it's worth noting that Bony is currently participating in the African Cup of Nations, so would not be eligible for Arsenal until February. However, he is certainly capable of making a major contribution between then and May.