Though the critical reappraisal of Arsenal’s towering forward Olivier Giroud is almost complete, I’m sure most fans still feel that acquiring a top striker this January is the club’s biggest priority.
This claim isn’t meant as a slight towards Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman has enjoyed a highly productive month. He helped to engineer an Arsenal comeback when his side were getting beaten 4-0, he scored a high quality brace against Fulham and this week, he led the line against his old club, Montpellier, admirably.
Though he wasn’t at his fluent best, his hold-up play was effective and he linked with the midfield well. Best of all, he provided two fantastic assists for Jack Wilshere and Lukas Podolski. He has gone from looking like a no-hoper to a player who clearly has a future in North London.
The truth is, however, the player he is attempting to replace was an absolute world-beater. Robin Van Persie is arguably the best striker in the world and it’s no surprise that Arsenal have struggled this season without him. Relying on Giroud alone won’t be sufficient to pull the Gunners back into contention. Arsene Wenger needs to take to the transfer market and attempt to find somebody who can provide some real cutting edge upfront.
Which brings me to Sport360’s claim that Liverpool and Arsenal are the first clubs that Edinson Cavani has agreed to talk to. Cavani’s agent is quoted as saying: “It is no secret that Cavani wants to play in England; it is one of his biggest dreams.”
It’s straight from the horse’s mouth, so you’d hope that there’s some truth to it. If Edinson Cavani has agreed to meet with Arsenal, that to me, would be very exciting news. After all, it would mean that a) Arsenal are interested in a player who would probably double their existing transfer record and b) Cavani would consider a move to the Emirates.
The Napoli star has scored 49 league goals in 64 seasons over the last couple of seasons and has the power and pure finishing ability to trouble any defence. He has quickly established himself as one of the best strikers in world football and is due a move to a top club.
You can bet that the big-spending clubs like Manchester City and Chelsea will be interested. Arsenal will face staunch competition. If they can pull this move off, however, it may well pull them back into title contention.
What’s your take? Can Arsenal really win the battle for Edinson Cavani?
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