5 Strikers Arsenal Should Target to Help Ease the Burden on Olivier Giroud

James McNicholas@@jamesmcnicholasFeatured ColumnistApril 24, 2014

5 Strikers Arsenal Should Target to Help Ease the Burden on Olivier Giroud

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    The fact that Arsenal are going to be on the hunt for a new striker this summer is one of the worst-kept secrets in football.

    After aborted moves for both Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez in 2013, they will have to find another forward to ease the burden on Olivier Giroud.

    In this piece, we highlight five possible transfer targets for Arsene Wenger. 

Alexis Sanchez

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    Alexis Sanchez of Barcelona seems to possess many of the attributes Arsenal are looking for. He is both versatile and quick.

    When Arsenal pursued Luis Suarez, part of the attraction was presumably that the Uruguayan would have been capable of playing alongside as well as instead of Olivier Giroud. Sanchez is similarly adaptable.

    Despite scoring 17 goals in La Liga this season, Simon Jones of the Daily Mail reports that the Chilean could well become surplus to requirements this summer. Much will surely depend on Barcelona's transfer ban: the Catalan club will only let key players leave if they are permitted to recruit replacements.

    If Alexis Sanchez does come on to the market, Arsenal ought to be at the head of the queue.

Edinson Cavani

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    Edinson Cavani has only been at PSG for one season. However, there are already stories circulating about the possibility of him moving on this summer.

    Speaking to L'Equipe (h/t The Independent) earlier this month, Cavani warned:

    We’ll see at the end of the season. We have to finish the season first.

    I am in Paris, but there are certainly things we must talk about with the club, things should be done differently.

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is already a confirmed admirer of Cavani, having discussed the player's talents in an interview with The Guardian in January 2013.

    At PSG, Cavani is forced to play second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic. At Arsenal, he would be the undisputed main man. 

Loic Remy

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    Although Loic Remy has been scoring goals for Newcastle United this season, he remains a QPR player. This summer, he will return to Loftus Road. If Harry Redknapp's side fail to win promotion through the play-offs, they will be forced to sell their star asset.

    Remy is the sort of mobile forward Arsenal require to enliven their attack. According to The Mirror, the Frenchman is eager to make the move to the Emirates Stadium.

    However, age could count against him. Remy is 27 already, and his lightning pace may be on the wane.

Josip Drmic

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    Josip Drmic is a wanted man, but Arsene Wenger appears to be at the head of the queue. According to The Express, Lothar Matthaus recently told Bild that the Swiss forward "will go to Arsenal" this summer.

    According to WhoScored.com, Drmic has bagged 16 goals in 30 Bundesliga appearances, all while playing in a relegation scrap. In a better team, his talent could flourish.

    Drmic, like Alexis Sanchez, is capable of playing on either flank as well as through the middle. Although he is not yet a household name, he could be the latest diamond in the rough unearthed by the keen-eyed Wenger. 

Diego Costa

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    According to John Cross of The Mirror, Chelsea are already confident of landing Diego Costa this summer. However, Arsenal should do all they can to hijack any potential deal.

    Only Cristiano Ronaldo has scored more goals in La Liga than Atletico's fiery forward. He is the complete striker, combining superb work-rate with lethal finishing.

    Costa seems tailor-made for the Premier League. Arsenal fans will hope he is plying his trade in red rather than blue in 2014/15.

    Which striker do you think Arsenal should target? Let us know below.