Arsene Wenger’s Ambitious Five-Man Striker Short-List Revealed

By on December 19, 2013

With the January transfer window just around the corner, managers will be working hard to identify potential new signings, so we’ll keep you up-to-date with all the latest transfer gossip. Today, Arsene Wenger’s striker wish-list is revealed.

Robert Lewandowski

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has drawn up a five man striker shortlist ahead of the January transfer window with star names such as Robert Lewandowski and Diego Costa in his sights, according to Goal.

The Gunners are flying high at the top of the Premier League as we reach the half-way point of the season but there is little doubt that the club could do with another option up front, with Olivier Giroud starting in practically every game so far this campaign.

It appears Wenger is making preparations for the up-coming January transfer window with Goal claiming the Frenchman has drawn-up a five-man short list of strikers and is prepared to spend in the region of £30m to bring one to the Emirates this winter.

Arsenal showed their ambition in the summer with the record signing of Mesut Ozil and it seems they are prepared to spend big again, with the supposed quintet including Robert Lewandowski, Diego Costa, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Stephan El Shaarawy and Fernando Llorente.

Lewandowski is the most high-profile name on the list and would certainly represent another marquee signing. The Polish hitman is entering the final 6 months of his current contract at Borussia Dortmund but with the likes of Bayern Munich sniffing around, it’s going to be an extremely difficult deal to pull off – particularly in January as Dortmund are through to the last 16 of the Champions League.

Diego-Costa-Atletico Madrid

The other superstar name on the list is Atletico Madrid’s Costa. The Brazilian has been in stunning form this season, scoring 22 goals in just 21 games to help Atletico keep pace with Barcelona at the top of the La Liga table.

Goal claim Wenger has sent scouts to watch the player this season and the 25-year-old is understood to have a £30m buy-out clause in his contract. However, while Arsenal may be prepared to meet that figure, it’s questionable whether the striker would be willing to switch clubs mid-season, especially when you consider how well Atletico are playing this campaign.

The other three names on the list are more attainable, particularly Lavezzi and El Shaarawy, who have fallen out of favour at PSG and AC Milan respecively. Neither are your typical out-and-out striker but they would give the Gunners plenty of options in attack as they are capable of playing anywhere across the front line.

Llorente endured a difficult start to life at Juventus but has since settled down and is now playing alongside Carlos Tevez on a regular basis, so while the report states that Wenger would like to bring him to north London on loan, it’s unlikely Juve will allow him to leave now he’s beginning to establish himself in the first team.

I personally can’t see Lewandowski or Costa happening, especially in January, so if this really is Wenger five-man short-list, I think we’ve only really got a chance of signing Lavezzi or El Shaarawy.  Either would be useful additions, but neither are the out-and-out striker many feel we need to really help push us towards the title.

It’s good to see the boss is trying to be ambitious again though, and many would have laughed at the thought of us signing Mesut Ozil, so you just never know, maybe we could pull something special out the bag again this winter?

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10 Comments

  1. Kungen Kalix

    December 19, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    “Goal claim”??? Really? I’m not convinced that qualifies as revealed! However, an interesting list.

  2. kingsley

    December 19, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Well if that so be the case..that rules out lewandoski nd diego costa then lets turn around to sanabria..or attacking marco reus

  3. Abbey

    December 20, 2013 at 12:11 am

    I know that. Getting a player of Suarez and lewandoski calibre would be fantastic but what if we can get CHICHARITO HANANDEZ from Shit united instead. Though he is not In uarez level but he is a great poacher, very hard working and can cause defenders load of trouble on the pitch. What do u think

  4. Kobex peter

    December 20, 2013 at 12:12 am

    I personally think the big man is trying and i like the list especially the robert and costa bit of it. but lets act n fast!

  5. fiifi

    December 20, 2013 at 12:25 am

    Never worry because in arsene we trust.

  6. William mofolo

    December 20, 2013 at 5:58 am

    That will be avery big boost to our lovely arsenal team

  7. Antique Gunmen

    December 20, 2013 at 10:58 am

    It’s too much unlikely factor with Diego Costa, but with Lewandowski, I think our chance will be depend on whether Dortmund want to push their challenge on Muenchen and CL campaign this year(honestly, very difficult chance of its) and loss Lewy for free to biggest rival next season. Or, got plenty of moneys to strengthen their squad as Lewy’s price will inflate if Dortmund do sell him this January.
    If I’m a decision maker at Dortmund, I’ll sell him right away.

  8. Lee David

    December 20, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    No need for much talk arsene wenger give us Ezekiel Lavezzi and stephan El’sharawi fast trackers and goal getters

    • Bernard A. Mwakisambwe

      December 22, 2013 at 8:05 am

      Hi Lee David, I concur with you. As I know our team policy and A. Wengers phlosophy, we can not compete with the likes of B. Munich in the chase of Lewandosk and D. Costa, for sure we cant.
      But we have the ability of bringing El Sharaway and Lavezzi, the two a better options uofront for us as they know how to score and how to find better positions. We need to strengther our attacking options.
      We cant compete in the EPL and Uefa Champs with the stricking force of Girloud and Bendtner. We must buy quality players.

  9. manuel isoboye

    December 22, 2013 at 1:46 am

    I tink anytin is possible.both costa n lewy can apear @ emirates if wenger digs dip.

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