Arsenal's Potential Striking Options in the Summer
If Arsenal end up winning either the Champions League or the Premiership then this will seem an over the top piece.
But Arsene Wenger's side are in desperate need of a high-class attacking player.
In the absence of Robin van Persie, they simply don't look strong enough in the final third.
Nicholas Bendtner and Eduardo are decent strikers but aren't of the highest quality, when competing on the biggest stage.
Here we take a look at five possible signings, some a have been rumored constantly others are my idea of a good Arsenal striker.
Take a look and see if you agree with any of my choices.
5. Lacina Traore - CFR Cluj
Lacina Traore is a 19-year-old Ivorian. He currently plays for CFR Cluj in the Romanian First Division.
A tall striker standing at 6'8", he has been dubbed the "new Adebayor" by the media. In regards to former Gunner Emmanuel.
A raw and inexperienced player, Traore may not be the immediate answer for the Wenger's men. But he is the type of player that the Arsenal Manager loves to work with.
Also Arsenal have been missing a physical presence in attack for much of the season, so Traore's signing would make sense*
So will it be Traore and Van Persie lining up in August?
I wouldn't put money on it, even if he did sign he would be at the same level as Bendter and Eduardo.
He would need development but could prove to be a very astute signing if made.
Valuation - £4 -5 million.
Probability - 5/10
*Most of the players that have been selected are big physical players, so if it sound like I'm repeating myself it's because I am...Arsenal need a big man!
4. Luis Suarez - Ajax
Luis Suarez is the only player on the list who is not a target man.
The Ajax man can play either behind the striker or out on the left-hand side.
But this doesn't tell the true story. Suarez has a phenomenal goal scoring record.
The Urugauyan has scored a staggering 42 goals in all competitions this season, Including six in one game, plus scoring four goals on two seperate occasions.
Again he would suit the Arsenal style of play as he is good on the ball, he is able to play in a number of positions and also provides plenty of assists.
If Arsenal managed to capture the player then the need for a target man may be forgotten, as he and Robin Van Persie would wreak havoc on any defense imaginable.
Valuation - £15-20 million
Probability - 3/10
3. Oscar Cardozo - Benfica
Cardozo is a goal machine. Currently playing Portugal for Benfica, he has been on a run of superb run of form over the last six months.
The Paraguayan international was signed from Newell's Old Boys of Argentina in 2007.
A tall striker with surprisingly good feet, Cardozo has scored over 50 goals in less than 100 games at the Lisbon giants.
Would suit Arsenal as he could act as he could become the focal point of their attack.
With the ability and the experience of bringing the more skillful players into the game—as shown this year with Javier Saviola, Pablo Aimar, and Angel Di Maria—he would interact perfectly with the likes of Andrei Arshavin and Samir Nasri.
Wenger coul do a lot worse when looking for new attacking hero in the summer.
Valuation - £15 million +
Probability - 4/10
2. Carlton Cole - West Ham United
Now we come the two most likely choices for Arsenal.
Carlton Cole has really grown as a footballer in the past 18 months. Always very talented when a youngster at Chelsea, it seems that Cole has matured some what and is now pushing for a World Cup spot this summer.
A physical competitor but also fleet footed, making Cole is a rare breed in English football. He has more natural ability than the likes of Emile Heskey and Darren Bent, his two rivals in the race for the a striking berth in South Africa,
Again he is exactly what this Arsenal side need, a big man with pure footballing ability.
Its not impossible to imagine him and Robin van Persie forming an irresistible partnership.
With West Ham's safety not yet guaranteed all rumors have been put on hold to the summer.
The new owners at the Hammers may look at putting Cole's price up that little bit further.
Valuation - £10 -15 million (depending on survival and the war chest Zola is handed in the offseason)
Probability - 6/10
1. Maroune Chamkh - Bordeaux
The No. 1 pick can only be one person, if you listen to the current speculation and reports coming form both Britain and France.
Marouane Chamkh, the Bordeaux forward who is out of contract in the summer is Arsenal bound.
Wenger is a known admirer of the player and it is no secret that he tried to acquire him last year, but he wouldn't pay the asking price for him.
Not an out and out goal scorer, but he does contribute with his fair share.of goals.
Possesses very good aerial ability, as well as good control and a nice turn of pace.
Watching him play he seems a typical Gunner and he is the safest bet to don the red and white next season.
The Moroccan international at 26 is coming to his prime and it looks like he will spend his best years at the Emirates.
Will he be a success?
Only time will tell but Wenger doesn't usually get things wrong in the transfer market.
Valuation - Available on a free transfer in the summer.
Probability - 9/10