Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Gunners Need Dimitar Berbatov to Bolster Scoring

Josh CohenCorrespondent IIApril 12, 2017

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24:  Dimitar Berbatov of Fulham in action during the Captial One Cup Third Round match between Fulham and Everton at Craven Cottage on September 24, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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If Arsenal can land Dimitar Berbatov, that would go a long way toward shoring up the Gunners' battered attack.

Per The Sun, Arsene Wenger's squad is targeting the Fulham striker, hoping to bring Berba and his scoring touch to the Emirates.

Arsenal are closing in on a shock £2 million swoop for Dimitar Berbatov.

Former Tottenham ace Berbatov would sign a one-year deal with the option of a second year.

Berba has previously said the Gunners suit his style of play, claiming: “Arsenal are the British Barca.”

The 32-year-old Bulgarian footballer has four goals on 28 shots, both totals that would place fourth on the Gunners. Arsenal doesn't need him to carry a much bigger offensive load than that; the Gunners merely need him to improve their depth.

It's no surprise that Arsenal would seek another striker on the transfer market. As Wenger told the Sydney Morning Herald, he doesn't feel he must acquire more talent, but he would be interested in bringing in a "special" forward.

Wenger added: "I am quite confident with our squad. As has been mentioned, maybe up front we are a bit shorter with specialised people because most of the big clubs have three specialised central strikers.

"We have only two because [Yaya] Sanogo is not ready yet, so maybe if that something special opportunity turns up, we will not turn it down, but everywhere else we are in no need at all [to buy]."

Through 20 games, Arsenal sits atop the Premier League table, but its lead is by no means safe. The Gunners are a point up on Manchester City and pace the competition with just 18 goals allowed, but City leads the league in both goals scored (57) and goal differential (34); Arsenal is third in both categories, trailing Liverpool as well.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29:  Olivier Giroud of Arsenal celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal at St James' Park on December 29, 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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Olivier Giroud has notched eight of Arsenal's 39 goals thus far in the fixture, but he is hurting and the Gunners could use some help. Lukas Podolski has three goals in four games since returning from injury, but Yaya Sanogo has played just once as a sub this season and Giroud's replacement, Nicklas Bendtner, went down in bittersweet fashion.

With Manchester City scoring in such a greater volume, Arsenal cannot afford to let its attack drop off while its strikers heal. Missing Sanogo was manageable; without Giroud and Bendtner as well, the Gunners will plummet down the table without an emergency acquisition.

Fortunately, Berba is at his most expendable. With Clint Dempsey back in Craven Cottage on a two-month loan from the Seattle Sounders, per The Guardian, Fulham can afford to part with its veteran striker and give the Gunners what they need.

Berbatov is coming off a Premier League season in which he notched 15 goals in 33 games and could bring Arsenal the expert finishing ability he has sported his whole career. Put in a position to play a significant role and make a major impact, Berba would be just the short-term difference-maker the Gunners need.

This transfer would be in the best interest of the player and both clubs. All that's left is for Arsenal and Fulham to make it happen.