Arsenal Transfer News: Dimitar Berbatov Would Be Savvy January Move for Gunners

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJanuary 3, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 05:  Dimitar Berbatov of Fulham takes on Erik Pieters of Stoke City during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Stoke City at Craven Cottage on October 5, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Sometimes, players remain coy about whether or not they would be interested in moving on to another club. At other times, they practically beg a club to come and get them.

This seems to be the situation with Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov. According to the Daily Telegraph, he sent a very, very strong hint that he would love to join the Gunners.

Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov has issued a very unsubtle 'come and get me' plea to Arsenal after posting a video on Facebook suggesting he can be the one to solve Arsene Wenger's striker crisis and fire the Gunners to the Premier League title.

Berbatov has been linked with a £2 million move to the Emirates in recent days, with Wenger admitting the club would be in the market for a forward if Nicklas Bendtner joins Olivier Giroud on the sidelines.

The Bulgarian has made no secret of his desire to leave Fulham in the January transfer window and reports of interest from Arsenal appear to have spurred the 32 year-old into action.

Here's the video Berbatov shared on his Facebook page:

For what it's worth, Wenger has said in no uncertain terms that a Berbatov move isn't in the cards. reports that Wenger said, "Berbatov is a not a name we have considered at the moment."

Of course, you can never quite trust anything that anyone says in transfer season.

Generally speaking, it's hard to make sweeping changes to your club in January. Teams don't want to disrupt their squads midseason and there's simply more time to focus on potential targets in the summer.

For that reason, smaller deals generally go down in the summer. Depth is added. Young players not cracking the first team are sent on loan. It's a time to reinforce, not reinvent.

It's a position that Arsenal find themselves in. It's unlikely the team could make a transformational move for a player like Diego Costa, and though an upgrade at striker would be great, the team has been good enough with Olivier Giroud to remain atop the Premier League and crack the knockout phase of the Champions League.

So adding a player like Berbatov to deputize makes perfect sense if they go that route.

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)
Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

If Nicklas Bendtner is sidelined for a lengthy period of time, adding another forward is an absolute must for the Gunners. Even if Bendtner is only out for a few weeks, you could make a very strong argument that Berbatov is a far better option behind Giroud anyway.

While Berbatov has just four goals in 15 games this year, he's just a season removed from tallying 15 times in 33 appearances for Fulham last season. Now, just imagine what he might be able to do with Arsenal's cadre of talented midfielders.

It wouldn't be a sexy move for the Gunners, but it would make a ton of sense. One thing seems to be for certain—Berbatov would be willing to make Emirates Stadium his home. 


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