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Arsenal Transfer News: Nikola Zigic Signing Would Be Crazy Desperation Move

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - MARCH 10:  Nikola Zigic of Birmingham City holds off Jordan Clarke of Coventry during the npower Championship match between Coventry City and Birmingham City at The Ricoh Arena on March 10, 2012 in Coventry, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
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Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistAugust 28, 2014

Arsene Wenger may be seeking to increase his attacking depth before the summer transfer window comes to a close. While that makes sense with concerns about Olivier Giroud and the lack of target forward options, the name Nikola Zigic isn't one the club's supporters probably expected to hear.

Jure Bohoric of Sky Sports passed along comments made by the striker's agent to Serbian outlet Telegraf Sport about receiving interest from Arsenal. He states the Gunners made an offer for the rest of the season with an option for another campaign.

"It is true. Wenger called me on Tuesday afternoon and told me that he wants to bring Zigic to Arsenal," Milan Calasan said. "It is clear that you cannot reject an offer like that. But Zigic is the one who must decide. He must say what he wants."

The report comes on the heels of Dominic Fifield of The Guardian stating Giroud could be facing an extended absence due to an ankle injury suffered during a weekend draw with Everton. Further testing will reveal a more concrete timetable for his return.

Knowing that, it's important to note Arsenal haven't confirmed ongoing discussions with Zigic or any other available options. So this could simply be a ploy by the player's agent to generate some buzz for his client, who remains without a club.

Assuming the remarks are accurate, however, it's a surprising direction for Wenger to head. Zigic scored just seven league goals in 33 Championship appearances for Birmingham City last term. To think he could play a meaningful role for Arsenal is a major stretch.

Most Arsenal fans probably had the same reaction as noted Gunners supporter Piers Morgan upon hearing the news:

Of course, there's always been a certain appeal surrounding Zigic. The towering striker definitely fits the mold of a target forward thanks to his size and aerial ability. He's only enjoyed moderate success at the club and international levels, though, and lacks experience against top competition.

Even at a time when Arsenal may be forced to take a chance with an unproven option, Zigic would be an act of desperation. If there aren't better options available, they would be far better off rotating their current attacking group with Alexis Sanchez in the center than trying to force the Serbian into the mix.

David Ornstein of the BBC reports it's not believed Arsenal would make another signing, even if the Giroud injury is significant. Wenger would instead scour the loan market or stick with the group already in place.

In other words, there's reason to remain skeptical about a potential Zigic move.

If for whatever reason it's something Arsenal are seriously considering, an about-face is in order. There are signings that can help a club improve and others where it's clear a team is just desperate to fill a void with anybody who fits the role. This would fit the latter category.

That's not to say Zigic couldn't help a lower-level club elsewhere, but for what Arsenal are trying to accomplish, he's not the right fit. The Gunners aren't in a dire-enough position where they need to take a long-shot chance with the hope he enjoys a sudden goal-scoring binge.

Not only is that unlikely to happen, but any playing time he receives would be getting taken away from somebody more capable of helping the club win matches.

 

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