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Huntelaar Or Chamakh: Who Is a Better Replacement For Adebayor?

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 07:  Klaas Jan Huntelaar of Real Madrid reacts during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on March 7, 2009 in Madrid, Spain  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
Sean KellyAnalyst IJuly 16, 2009

As Adebayor's departure seems inevitable, Arsene Wenger is deep in search of a replacement for the Togo striker.

Though Adebayor isn't quite sure of his destination, it seems almost certain that the lanky Arsenal hitman will not be wearing the Arsenal shirt next season, and Wenger has reiterated his desire to replace him.

It seems though that there are two possible targets that the Frenchman is lining up, but which one seems to fit the bill?

The first man in question is Moroccon Marouane Chamakh. The Bordeaux striker scored 14 goals last season and helped his club grab the league championship. Chamakh has also bagged 15 goals in 50 caps for his country. Compared to Wenger's other target, he comes at a more modest price.

The second man in question is Jan Klaas Huntelaar.

Huntelaar is a well-known goal scorer. His record at Madrid shows this.

He scored eight goals in his 20 appearances since joining in January. He has also bagged 13 goals in 23 appearances for his country. For Ajax, he scored 175 goals in 265 games.

This is why he comes at a higher price than Chamakh. Huntelaar could come for anywhere between £15-20 million, which may put Wenger off as he has never let go of his cash that easily.

However, with the money expected from the Adebayor sale, it would definitely not be a waste of money. If Arsenal are lucky and Milan and Man City engage in a bidding war for the Togo forward, he could give the North London club a bigger transfer kitty.

But who is the better option?

Chamakh, like Adebayor, seems to be brilliant at one moment and hopeless the next; but it wouldn't be the first time Wenger has pulled out a relatively unknown player from Bordeaux to only become an important goalscorer (Sylvain Wiltord). And at £7million, it could be worth a shot.

However, the Dutchman Huntelaar is a top goalscorer who Arsenal are desperately in need of. It would be certain his one touch football, height and connection with Robin Van Persie could make him the hands down applicant. However his price will probably put Wenger off. Yet if the Arsenal manager doesn't let money become the main issue Huntelaar is easily the best choice.

However, you could argue that a striker isn't needed. With Van Persie, Eduardo and Bendtner, and the possibility of moving Arshavin more central behind Van Persie and leaving Walcott and Nasri out on the wing seeming tempting, it may be more helpful to spend his money from the Adebayor transfer on some well needed beef in centre midfield.

What do you think is Wengers best option?

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