Whilst Arsenal fans will be hoping that their club’s slump will necessitate Arsene Wenger stretching into the transfer market and pulling out a few world-class players, they may have to face facts.
People’s nature changes very rarely and Wenger has always been one to look for ‘cheap’, ‘affordable’ gems – players who can make a difference without breaking the bank.
Unfortunately, this approach has led to Arsenal’s decline in recent years. The Gunners’ lack of competitive spirit in the transfer market has seen them plummet down the table.
With a Champions League slot for next season looking ever more unlikely for Arsenal, the need for investment has become all the more apparent.
One thing’s for sure – Arsenal need a top-class striker to come in and do the job that Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott don’t seem capable of.
This brings me to Burak Yilmaz, a striker who has been making real waves in the Turkish League. The 27-year-old has netted 14 goals in 17 starts this season, steering Galatasaray towards another domestic title.
Yimaz has also stood out on the European stage, where he’s scored against a whole host of top clubs. Indeed, he has found the back of the net seven times in seven games. That’s pretty good form and it’s wouldn’t surprise me if top clubs had began to take notice.
The player himself, hasn’t exactly been coy about his future: “If I were to move abroad I would want to move to a big club. I would accept a transfer to Arsenal.” (Source: The International Business Times).
With Arsenal in need of a top striker and Burak ready and willing to move, it could be a match made in heaven. Unfortunately, it seems that Galatasaray have different plans. The club’s president Aysal, has told the Press: “We have not received any offers for Burak Yilmaz, but, of course, [the speculation] will mount as the end of the season nears closer.
Burak is a very valuable star for us. If, however, we are talking about Falcao being worth €55 million [£48m], then my player is €40m [£35m].”
I think he may be evaluating the player a little bit, but there’s a reason why he’s earned a hefty price-tag. He’s a top class goal-scoring talent and the kind of player who would fit in well at Arsenal.
If Arsenal can negotiate Galatasaray down to a reasonable price, he would be a good addition to the squad.
What’s your take? Should Arsenal be pursuing this pricey Turkish International?