Arsenal's transfer window business is said to be all but done, but that isn't stopping the British press reporting a potential shock swoop for Toronto striker Jermain Defoe.
Jim Daly of the Mirror reports the "proverbial scrape of the transfer barrel" that could see Defoe head to the Emirates. Although it appears highly unlikely—the player's long affiliation with north London rivals Tottenham would ensure plenty of angered supporters on both sides—he could provide something of a temporary option to the Gunners' attacking problems.
Matt Law of The Telegraph also indicates Arsenal have "sounded out" a loan move for the 31-year-old who continues to score for fun in the MLS. However, much to the joy of many Arsenal fans, the London Evening Standard tweets that rumours shouldn't be taken seriously:
We're told Arsenal have absolutely no interest in Jermain Defoe. http://t.co/WYRSh4SAM1— Standard Sport (@standardsport) September 1, 2014
Arsene Wenger needs to tie up a world-class striker now that Olivier Giroud's long-term injury has been confirmed, per BBC Sport.
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While Alexis Sanchez netted the winner against Besiktas during the recent Champions League qualifier, he isn't a natural lone striker and operates best in a deeper or wide role. Yaya Sanogo is yet to impress when leading the line and has failed to score in 10 Premier League appearances, per WhoScored.com, despite averaging four shots at goal in both of his performances this season.
Lukas Podolski has longed for a chance to shine as an out-and-out striker at the Emirates, but Wenger doesn't appear willing to try the German across a prolonged period of time. Theo Walcott could be an option upon his return from injury, but he wouldn't address the immediate need for additional quality.
Defoe has scored 11 goals in 15 appearances since moving to Canada, recorded by WhoScored.com, but he isn't the powerful presence Arsenal need.
Danny Welbeck has also been linked to the club, per Sami Mokbel and Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail, and could complete a temporary move according to the well-connected Arsenal fan Piers Morgan:
Rumours of the club trying to sign Radamel Falcao seemed well placed for a side that is lacking a forward who can both finish and offer hold-up play, but Manchester United are said to have signed the Monaco star on loan, per Simon Stone of BBC Sport.
Spanish expert Guillem Balague believes Arsenal were never in for the player but could target a versatile midfield type, as noted in his Q&A session on B/R UK's Twitter feed:
. @GuillemBalague: Arsenal were never in the equation for Falcao: They are trying to finalise deal for centre-mid who can play centre-back— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) September 1, 2014
This player could be Sporting Lisbon's William Carvalho, linked to the club via Portuguese publication A Bola and via ESPN FC. The powerful midfielder has admitted he is "fine" at the Estadio Jose Alvalade and isn't exactly pushing a move. David Ornstein of BBC Sport believes Arsenal are likely to end deadline day without any new signings:
If this happens, many supporters will be extremely angry with Wenger, who has picked up some excellent talent this summer. News of the Frenchman reportedly flying into Italy to referee a charity match on deadline day will also irritate some, per Jonny Singer of the Daily Mail.
Wenger's Arsenal squad has often appeared slightly short of legitimate title-winning credentials. The same can certainly be said this year, as highlighted by the club's recent draw with Leicester. A powerful striker and physical midfielder should be top of the order for a manager who seems incapable of putting the finishing touches to an otherwise exciting team.