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- Updated: January 8, 2014
Shortly after a convincing 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur Arsene Wenger was handed the news that he would no longer have Theo Walcott for the remainder of the season. The news was a hefty blow seeing that Wenger has already a thin attacking rotation after losing Nicklas Bendtner during the Gunners 2-0 victory over Cardiff City. Bendtner suffered an ankle injury in the process of scoring the go-ahead goal against Cardiff and will be out for up to a month.
On the bright side Olivier Giroud is expected to return from illness, Lukas Podolski is returning to form, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is back in training. This still leaves Wenger with only one pure striker in form with Giroud and with Champions League, FA Cup, and the title race still in play Wenger has no other option but to search for a forward. The big question is who?
There are three names that come to mind for me when it comes to possible solutions. First its FC Porto’s Jackson Martinez. Martinez who has expressed interest in coming to Arsenal has been the leading contributor during FC Porto’s campaign. With 14 goals in 20 appearances in all competitions there is no doubt that Martinez is a clinical finisher. If he is surrounded by quality passers such as Ozil, Cazorla, Ramsey and Wilshere he could be a handful in the Premier League. The only small question is his age. At 27 years old he would serve as only a short-term solution but this is all that Arsenal may need to win the title.
The next two forwards are the type of young talent that Arsene Wenger seeks. First is Belgian international Michy Batshuayi. Batshuayi has been a force in the Belgian league and has led Standard Liège to the top of the table with 15 goals in 21 league appearances. He is a physical presence up top and has superb foot skills which he can use to get by defenders. With his skill set he has the makeup to be a successful forward in the Premier League. Batshuayi has expressed interest in Arsenal and has had numerous links to both the North London club and Borussia Dortmund.
Next on the list is an unproven spanish talent by the name of Alvaro Morata. Morata who is 21 years old has struggled to find regular first team action in an excessively talented Real Madrid squad. With 2 goals in 12 appearances it is clear that Morata wants to find regular first team football and a short-term loan spell at Arsenal may be a solution. This although may be a personal solution for the player but could his services help Arsenal to some silverware? There is no doubt the talent is there but the stage has not yet been set and maybe following the footsteps of former teammate Mesut Ozil could be best for the young Spaniard.
Overall its is well-known that Wenger is on the prowl for a forward and if they want to end their trophy drought they must be aggressive during the January transfer window.
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Written by Cam Bartley