Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Dimitar Berbatov Is Best Short-Term Option for Gunners

Michael WadeAnalyst IIIJanuary 10, 2014

Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov has been linked with a move to Arsenal.
Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov has been linked with a move to Arsenal.Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Premier League leaders Arsenal should turn their attention to Dimitar Berbatov if they decide to reinforce their attacking options in the January transfer window.

Arsene Wenger has lost Theo Walcott for the remainder of the season, while Olivier Giroud, Nicklas Bendtner and Lukas Podolski have all had spells on the sidelines this season.

If the Gunners are to ensure they finish the season top of the pile then they might be wise to add some extra depth to their attack. Dimitar Berbatov of Fulham has been linked as a short-term option, by Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail, and he would provide great value on all fronts.

From a financial viewpoint, the Bulgarian's contract with Fulham expires this summer, meaning that Arsenal will likely be able to pick him up for a relatively small sum, while the Cottagers would be happy to pick up a fee for a player that could leave for nothing in the summer.

Berbatov's agent has already hinted that the striker is unsettled at Craven Cottage and would welcome a move, as per Darren Lewis of the Mirror.

Meanwhile, the chance to add a player with Berbatov's experience should prove too good for Wenger to turn down.

Wenger has previously denied his interest in the player, as reported by ESPN FC.

After winning two Premier League titles with Manchester United he would be able to add some wisdom to a relatively young and inexperienced Arsenal side.

The 32-year-old is past his peak, but used sparingly he can provide great cover and give Arsenal the option to rotate their squad more regularly than they have done. Giroud has already made 32 appearances for club and country this season.

Arsenal have been linked to bigger names such as Diego Costa, as reported by Gary Jones in the Daily Star, and Alvaro Morata, as per John Drayton in the Daily Mail, but the likes of Rooney and Costa are unlikely to be available mid-season, while Morata has no experience of what is required during a title run-in.

In addition, Berbatov will take no time to settle into the rigours of the Premier League, he has spent nearly a decade plying his trade in England's top flight after joining Tottenham in 2006.

The effects of signing the unheralded Mathieu Flamini on a free transfer during the summer have been there for all to see. The Frenchman has covered Arsenal's defence and allowed the creative midfielders to play to their strengths.

A second signing of this kind, this time to share the load with Giroud, would give Arsenal the best chance of finishing the season in style.