6 Strikers Who Could Come in for the Injured Olivier Giroud at Arsenal
If they weren’t already, Arsenal will be on the lookout for a striker during the final week of the summer transfer period.
According to the Daily Mail's Sami Mokbel, the ankle injury sustained by Olivier Giroud at Everton last weekend could prove serious enough to rule the 27-year-old out of action for up to three months—a stretch including 11 Premier League matches and five Champions League group stage encounters, assuming the Gunners overcome Besiktas on Wednesday.
Already, as Bleacher Report’s James McNicholas wrote on Tuesday, Arsene Wenger may well be forced to do a u-turn on the proposed Lukas Podolski sale. Over the next few days, he may well acquire a new striker, altogether.
Following are six options he’ll surely consider—that is, if he hasn’t been mulling them over for some time already.
6. Edinson Cavani, Paris Saint-Germain
Earlier this month, Arsenal were thought to be readying a £51 million move for want-away Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, according to Anthony Chapman of the Daily Express, and the Olivier Giroud injury could well see them renew that interest.
Prior to the World Cup, the Uruguay international told L’Equipe, as per ESPN FC, that “certain things should be done differently” in the French capital and that there were “some things” he would have to “talk to the club about.”
Whether or not Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, who has already spent nearly £60 million on player acquisitions this summer, would break the bank for Cavani is another matter entirely.
5. Fernando Torres, Chelsea
According to The Daily Mirror's Milton Lipton, the Rossoneri are keen to bring the Spaniard to the San Siro on loan, although both Chelsea and Torres would prefer a permanent transfer.
Chelsea’s valuation is £25 million, and Torres is currently on wages of £170,000 per week.
Once again, those are figures that will likely put Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger off, but Torres is a player who is available right now. And despite his generally poor form during parts of four seasons at Chelsea, he did score more than 20 goals twice at Liverpool.
4. Javier Hernandez, Manchester United
Like Fernando Torres, Javier Hernandez hasn’t been sought after to any meaningful degree for several years.
After scoring 20 times in all competitions during his first season at Manchester United in 2010-11, the Mexico international scored 12 in 2011-12, 18 in 2012-13 and then just nine last term.
The 26-year-old would be a rather more affordable option than either Torres or Edinson Cavani, although interest in the Mexico international seems high.
3. Loic Remy, Queens Park Rangers
Arsenal were rumoured to have inquired after Loic Remy back in March, when the Queens Park Rangers striker was on loan at Newcastle.
According to The Daily Mirror's Alan Oliver the interest was mutual, with the Frenchman reportedly “desperate” for the move to Emirates Stadium.
Remy, a two-time Ligue 1 champion during his time at Lyon, scored 14 goals for the Magpies last season but returned to Loftus Road this summer.
2. Danny Welbeck, Manchester United
Last week, The Guardian's Jamie Jackson revealed Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was attempting to move Danny Welbeck out of the club.
Not surprisingly, the England international was quickly linked to Arsenal, and on Sunday, the Daily Express reported the 23-year-old was at, or near, the top of Arsene Wenger’s shopping list.
Welbeck’s versatility (he can operate across the forward line) would make him a good fit for the Arsenal boss, and like Javier Hernandez, his contract expires at the end of next season.
1. Alexandre Lacazette, Lyon
Alexandre Lacazette is likely on Arsenal’s radar merely by virtue of his status as an up-and-coming Ligue 1 forward.
After rising to prominence at the 2011 Under-20 World Cup, the now-23-year-old had his wobbles in club football before enjoying a breakout season in 2013-14, when he scored 22 goals in all competitions for Les Gones.
Back in April, Lacazette admitted he was “tempted to try and experience life and experience abroad,” as per Sky, and just last month, the Daily Express claimed Arsenal, Liverpool and Newcastle were keen to acquire his services.
Adept at operating both from the flanks and at the fulcrum of the attack, Lacazette will likely be moved along at some point this season if he can’t agree an extension to his current contract, which expires in 2016.