Arsenal Transfer News: Why Demba Ba Is Just as Important as Mesut Ozil

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Arsenal Transfer News: Why Demba Ba Is Just as Important as Mesut Ozil
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As part of the swirl in transfer speculation currently engulfing the Emirates, Arsenal’s attempt at some late business has seen Mesut Ozil take centre stage as the club’s biggest potential arrival.

However, the whispers of Demba Ba’s supposed move to North London, per John Drayton of the Daily Mail, should be treated with just as much respect by Gunners fans given the club’s recent injury crisis.

While Real Madrid’s Ozil is more of a luxury expenditure, Arsenal are lighter up top than they are in the attacking midfield area and now have just Olivier Giroud and the untested Yaya Sanogo as first-team options.

Sky Sports have tweeted to confirm that Arsenal are interested in taking the former Newcastle and West Ham star on loan:

As the third-highest scorers in the Premier League last season, the Gunners displayed good form in attack but had to rely largely on their wingers and midfielders to pitch in with the goals.

While Giroud managed 17 across all competitions, Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski each did their bit, too, contributing 49 goals between them.

Now, with Giroud seeming to have struck a richer vein of scoring form, Wenger's squad may at least have one striking asset they can rely on.

Having said that, Ba is a different article to the Gunners’ French attacker and could be a fine addition to the squad depending on which Ba they get.

Moving to Chelsea in January of this year, the 28-year-old’s style seemed to change quite drastically, losing the direct intent previously shown at Newcastle.

Ba's stats with Newcastle in 2012-13 (via Squawka.com)

Perhaps this is due to the increased emphasis on Chelsea’s midfield ranks, compared to the standout player that Ba so obviously was at St. James’ Park.

Whatever the case, it’s the Magpies edition that Arsene Wenger might be tempted to sign, as Giroud already looks to be providing the “fox-in-the-box” approach, having shown his excellent positioning and finishing talents this term.

That being said, it’s highly unlikely that Ba and Giroud would find much playing time together as Wenger proceeds with a 4-2-3-1 formation, and the former is not a big fan of playing wide—as he was forced to at Newcastle.

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With the supply of Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Podolski and Walcott lined up behind them, the North Londoners would have as fine a crop of both creators and finishers that they’ve had for some time.

Ba seems to have stagnated in his development in West London, but with Ozil being a talent focused much more on provision than individual glory, the pair could help each other in tandem.

Ozil’s talents are amplified tenfold when he has equally talented attacking options around him—like at Real Madrid—and he’ll need teammates to be on his wavelength if he is to justify his club record transfer to Arsenal.

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