Arsenal Transfers: 6 Strikers Arsene Wenger Should Consider for the Gunners
With Nicklas Bendtner set to leave for £12million, while Marouane Chamakh considers a move back to Ligue 1, it's clear Arsenal need a new striker in this summer transfer window.
A lot of names have touted in the media, as Gunners boss Arsene Wenger looks set to chop and change his attacking line and bring in a strike partner for the prolific yet unreliable Robin Van Persie.
Whilst a new centre-back will be Wenger's top transfer priority, it seems Le Professor will have to dip into the market for a forward, especially if the Emirates club gain their estimated £21million from selling off failed attackers Bendtner and Chamakh.
So what type of striker should Arsenal sign? Clearly, prolific goal scorers with the selfish striker instinct the Gunners have so desperately lacked would be ideal, as would players who have won trophies before and have experience in the big matches.
Therefore, here are six strikers Arsene Wenger should consider for Arsenal this summer.
Ruud Van Nistelrooy
He's selfish and has no consideration for his teammates. Ruud Van Nistelrooy would be the perfect man for Arsenal inside the penalty area.
With phenomenal movement to create spaces for goal scoring chances in even the most crowded of areas, Van Nistelrooy would be ideal for giving the Gunners the end product to all their build-up play.
The Dutch striker may be verging on 35 years of age, but it's clear watching the striker in the Bundesliga that he still has the legs to play at the top, and for such a young Arsenal squad, his experience would be vital.
Said to be offered to Arsenal as part of the deal to bring Cesc Fabregas to Inter Milan, Samuel Eto'o would be a phenomenal striker for the Gunners.
With Fabregas easily replaceable inside the Arsenal squad, this deal would provide the Emirates club with the perfect striker.
One of the most decorated footballers of all-time, Eto'o is almost a complete striker, having that natural striker's instinct which has seen him score 21 goals in the most defensively tight league in Europe, Serie A.
And having scored 37 in all competitions this season, as well as making 15 assists, shows what a valuable asset Eto'o would be to Arsenal.
Add to that the winning mindset he'd undoubtedly instil into his Gunners' teammates (having won almost everything worth winning in European club football), plus his experience at the pinnacle of the sport, and one has to wonder whether this reported deal involving Cesc Fabregas is just too good to be true.
With stellar finishing ability and almost unparalleled aerial ability, Porto striker Radamel Falcao could be exactly the striker Arsenal need.
Having scored a staggering 18 goals in the UEFA Europa League this season (beating Jurgen Klinsmann's previous record of 15), Falcao has proved he can score goals against all different types of teams, and in the process, has shown that the Premier League should not be a problem for him at all.
And when playing teams which "park the Airbus-3000" against Arsenal, Falcao's goalscoring experience against even the most physical and/or disciplined defences could be crucial, especially in the UEFA Champions League.
Falcao has scored 38 goals in 42 appearances for Porto this season, proving he has the striker's instinct and ability to tuck away the chances he gets. And considering Arsenal provide their strikers with a plethora of chances, Falcao could well be the perfect match for the Gunners.
His £26million fee could be a sticking point, but if Arsenal sell off Nicklas Bendtner and Marouane Chamakh, then Radamel Falcao looks more than likely to Arsene Wenger's most expensive and prolific summer recruit.
He's 21, he's English, he's already got a ton of Premier League experience and he's proven how prolific he can be.
Having scored eight goals in just 12 matches on loan at Bolton Wanderers, Daniel Sturridge could be the perfect fit for the Gunners, adding a bit of dynamism to their attack with his strength, explosive pace and powerful shot.
Considering young Sturridge is a self-confessed Arsenal fan, as well as the fact he won't cost as much as Radamel Falcao for example, this is a move that could well happen, and probably should happen.
He may only be 18 and already costs £22 million, but RSC Anderlecht phenomenon Romelu Lukaku would be a sensational striker for Arsenal.
Giving the Gunners' front line a new dimension with his tall presence, his strength and ability to hold off defenders, Lukaku would thrive under Arsene Wenger's tutelage.
Already a player with the perfect physique for the Premier League, as well as undoubted finishing ability, Lukaku would have no problem fitting in at Arsenal and in England, considering his reputation and the fact he's already fluent in English, French, Dutch and Spanish.
With time well and truly on his side, the ambitious striker, who already has two goals from nine caps for the Belgium national team, could well become a striking legend at the Emirates.
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema just had to be on this list.
He may cost £26 million and may not be a regular in the Real Madrid line-up, especially after the return of Gonzalo Higuain, but the fact remains Benzema is a hugely talented striker who will score goals.
Tall enough to hold off defenders, slender enough to break through defences and talented enough to coolly slot the ball past any goalkeeper, Karim Benzema has "Premier League striker" written all over him.
Having scored 26 goals and made nine assists despite getting limited opportunities, the France international could easily form a hugely prolific partnership with Robin Van Persie.
After Manchester United failed to sign the striker before his move to Real Madrid, Arsenal could steal a march on their rivals and show the Old Trafford club what they're missing out on in this potent penalty box finisher.