With the January transfer window just a few weeks away, the transfer rumor carousel is in full swing. Arsenal are expected to be consistently in the spotlight throughout the window, as it looks increasingly likely they will be at the summit of the Premier League when the window opens on January 1.
With Arsene Wenger likely to be in the search for a striker to provide competition to Olivier Giroud, he will no doubt be launching a continent-wide search to find an ideal front man to maintain the Gunners' excellent start to the season. However, the answer to his striking issues could well be sat on his doorstep in West London.
Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov may not seem like the ideal signing for Arsenal, given that he is currently trying to force his way out of a club who are marooned at the bottom of the Premier League. However, per James Dickinson of the Daily Express, Arsenal could well offer the Bulgarian a lifeline to escape Craven Cottage:
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger tracked the Bulgarian when he was at Bayer Leverkusen and could be tempted to return for his services to provide back-up to Olivier Giroud.
Despite being 32 years of age, Berbatov still has plenty of the credentials and skills that made him sought after enough for Manchester United to pay £30million to lure him from Tottenham Hotspur. But would he be a good fit for Arsenal?
Certainly, the style of football Berbatov has become notorious for playing would endear himself to Arsene Wenger and Arsenal fans. Technically superb with the ball at his feet, the Bulgarian would have no troubles integrating into Arsenal's style of play.
He is also of the age where regular football would not be a major concern for the remainder of the season. Berbatov is no doubt keen on one last push for success in his career in England—and Arsenal would provide that, without a doubt.
With Olivier Giroud in such sparkling form, Wenger does not need a striker who will oust the Frenchman from the starting lineup. He needs a striker who will provide healthy competition and, perhaps more importantly, some inspiration from the substitutes bench.
Berbatov also possesses something many in the Arsenal squad do not—title winning experience. That kind of experience could be vital in helping Arsenal's youngsters and inexperienced players get over the line and finally ending that trophy drought.
Dimitar Berbatov: Has scored just 1 goal in his last 16 hours and 42 minutes of Premier League football— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) December 4, 2013
The Bulgarian is horrendously out of form, however. Per WhoScored.com, Berbatov has scored just one goal in all competitions in 2013/14. That does represent Wenger with a slight problem should he wish to make the move for Berbatov, but a switch to Arsenal would no doubt reinvigorate a player who has a proven track record of scoring at the top level.
Would Berbatov be a good signing for Arsenal?
With the former Tottenham man out of contract in the summer, it does give the opportunity for Arsenal to offer a short-term deal, which would work for both parties. It would mean Arsenal would not have to break the bank to boost their striking ranks, and would enable Berbatov to put himself in the shop window for a big move next campaign.
It may seem like a move that does not appeal to plenty of Arsenal fans on first glance. However, a striker with the pedigree, skills and experience of Dimitar Berbatov would certainly be a smart move for Arsene Wenger to consider in January.