Arsenal Transfer Prospects: Benzema and 6 Strikers Whom Arsene Wenger Can Target

Vijay MuraliAnalyst IMay 13, 2011

Arsenal Transfer Prospects: Benzema and 6 Strikers Whom Arsene Wenger Can Target

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 08:  Robin van Persie of Arsenal celebrates with Marouane Chamakh (L) as he scores their first goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between Arsenal and FK Partizan Belgrade at the Emirates St
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    Arsene Wenger's time at Arsenal could come to an unsuccessful end if the Gunners fail to end their trophy drought in the near future and the French tactician will try to bring in some quality players in this year's transfer window. he has spoken of the need to retain their players and build on it by signing quality players.

    However, Wenger has often been reluctant to spend the money required to acquire big name signings but this is the crunch time for one of Arsenal's best ever managers and he could opt to spend more money this year. It is important that he brings in some quality players and he has admitted that he is looking to strengthen every position.

    Robin van Persie is a superb striker with excellent vision, technique and movement but he does spend a lot of time on the treatment table which has meant that the Gunners have had to cope with his absence in a number of matches. Marouane Chamakh impressed in the first half of the season but has been in poor form since the return of Van Persie while Nicklas Bendtner is likely to move on after being played out of position for most of the season.

    This article is on six quality strikers that Wenger could target in the summer to bolster the attacking options at Arsenal.

Kevin Gameiro

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    The Lorient striker has been prolific for the French side which has led to him being tracked by a number of clubs around the world.

    His pace and intelligent movement has enabled him to score goals and be successful in the French league. He has only one year left on his contract and the club would not want to lose the striker on a free transfer.

    Gameiro can play on wither wing and in his favoured role as the centre forward and his versatility could be important for the Gunners. However, he is only 5' 7" and could struggle with the physicality of the Premiership.

    Arsenal are one of the teams tracking the striker but will have to beat the competition from the likes of Valencia, Tottenham and a number of other clubs.

Karim Benzema

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    MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 03:  Karim Benzema of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the La Liga match bewteen Real Madrid and Malaga at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 3, 2011 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Ima
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    The French forward has had an excellent second half of the season at Real Madrid but he has not received as much playing time as he would have liked since the return to fitness of Gonzalo Higuain and the signing of Emmanuel Adebayor.

    The forward has attracted the interest of many top clubs including the likes of Arsenal and Juventus.

    If Jose Mourinho signs another striker( and there are rumours on Real Madrid signing either Carlos Tevez or Didier Drogba), it is likely that Benzema will be open to a move away from Madrid.

    However, Real Madrid will have a high valuation of Benzema and Arsene Wenger will have to spend big to acquire his services.

Bojan Krkic

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    SEVILLE, SPAIN - MARCH 13:  Bojan Krkic of Barcelona celebrates scoring his sides opening goal during the la Liga match between Sevilla and Barcelona at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on March 13, 2011 in Seville, Spain.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Imag
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    Bojan Krkic has been one of the highly rated players to emerge from the La Masia academy and has made over 150 appearances for the Catalan club.

    The Barcelona striker can play on the wings as well though his favoured position is that of a centre forward. Though he has been in the senior team for over three years, he has been unable to establish himself in the starting eleven at Barcelona.

    The signing of Zlatan Ibrahamovic and then, David Villa have meant that he has been relegated to the bench when the rest are fit. He has voiced concerns at the lack of playing time and could move to get more playing time.

    Arsenal are a club who are looking for a young promising striker and could be interested in Bojan. Barcelona could include the striker in the transfer of long term target Cesc Fabregas in order to tempt Arsenal.

Radamel Falcao

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    PORTO, PORTUGAL - APRIL 28:  Radamel Falcao of FC Porto celebrates after scoring his side third goal during the UEFA Europa League semi final first leg match between FC Porto and Villarreal at Estadio do Dragao on April 28, 2011 in Porto, Portugal.  (Phot
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    Falcao has been in sensational goalscoring form for Porto and is one of the prime reasons for their title success and their achievements in the Europa league so far.

    The Columbian forward has been in superb form having set a new goalscoring record in the Europa league. He has excellent technique on the ball and his movement provides midfielders with a number of options.

    He has been immensely successful in the last two years and Wenger would have to spend big to acquire his services.

    Falcao has attracted the interest of many top European clubs but FC Porto will be reluctant to sell their star striker after enjoying a hugely successful season this year.

Lukas Podolski

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    DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 13:  Lukas Podolski of Germany celebrates scoring the first goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group D match between Germany and Australia at Durban Stadium on June 13, 2010 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Ste
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    The Koln forward is an immensely talented player but has been unable to perform for his club in the last couple of seasons.

    He had an unsuccessful spell with Bayern Munich after which he returned to his former side. However, he has not had as many good performances as he would have liked but his quality is undeniable.

    Podolski has been successful for Germany in the recent past and still has the quality to be a superb player in the future. The versatile forward could be targeted by Arsene Wenger considering the fact that there is a very good possibility of Andrei Arshavin being sold in the summer.

    The German International will be attracted by the opportunity to play Champions League football for a top European club and could be interested in the move.

Edinson Cavani

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    PALERMO, ITALY - APRIL 23:  Edinson Cavani of Napoli celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between US Citta di Palermo and SSC Napoli at Stadio Renzo Barbera on April 23, 2011 in Palermo, Italy.  (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Get
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    The Napoli striker has been in superb form this season and though his recent red card means that he will not be the highest goalscorer in Serie A, he has been one of the main reasons for Napoli's good season.

    The lanky striker has a knack of scoring goals and has been prolific in the last few seasons.

    "El Matador", as he is nicknamed, is a striker who can cope with physicality and has established himself as one of the best players in Italy.

    It would take a large sum of money for Arsenal to sign the former Palermo striker. Cavani has also represented Uruguay in the world cup and is considered to be one of the hottest young prospects in the world.




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