Is Newcastle's Obafemi Martins Right for Arsenal?

Callum D'SouzaSenior Writer IJuly 21, 2009

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MAY 24:  Obafemi Martins of Newcastle United reacts as Newcastle United are relegated from the Premier League after their 1:0 defeat by Aston Villa at the close of the Barclays Premier League match against Aston Villa at Villa Park on May 24, 2009 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

With Emmanuel Adebayor's future finally settled, Arsenal can now turn to its list of strikers who could potentially sign for Arsenal. One name that would catch most eyes would be skillfull Nigerian Obafemi Martins.

The Newcastle striker, who was once considered the next big thing, is seeking an escape route out of the Magpies after their disappointing relegation. Arsene Wenger is said to be interested in the Nigerian but states that the Gunners have sufficient fire power in their attack, and that they do not need to spend money this summer.

Martins may lack size at 170 cm but the former Inter Milan striker has strength, power, and speed. Martins is also blessed with a fierce right foot and sensational balance.

His price range is also appealing for Wenger. Newcastle, who are said to be eager to get rid of Martins in order to receive some much needed funds, have put ÂŁ7 million on the Nigerian and Wenger would be willing to pay that amount.

However, Martins has had a niggling run with injuries and has failed, most notably this season, to put away easy chances. Martins wouldn't alleviate Arsenal's lack of an aerial threat, a severe problem after Adebayor's departure.

Time will tell whether Arsene Wenger opts to go for Obafemi Martins, I believe Arsenal is better off signing Marouane Chamakh or Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

Is Obafemi Martins right for Arsenal?