Is Arsene Wenger really set to bring in TWO new strikers to the Emirates?
Arsene Wenger has made no secret of his desire to add some firepower to his forward line to boost his side’s bid for silverware next season.
And it seems the Arsenal manageris prepared to pay up to £10 million to secure Wigan striker Rodallega when the transfer window opens, as negotiations between the clubs are already underway.
The Colombian international has netted nine goals in 31 games for the struggling Latics and, at the age of 24, will fit nicely with Wenger’s policy of signing up-and-coming forwards.
Bordeaux forward Chamakh has long been linked with a move to north London, and it looks like it will finally come to fruition in June.
The French club, who, like the Gunners, are aiming to upset the odds to qualify for the Champions League semi-finals, are prepared to let their highly-rated Moroccan-born forward go.
Chamakh can leave on a free transfer and the latest news this morning is that the 26-year-old has signed a four-year deal at the Emirates Stadium. (Metro)
Now whilst its clear that this season Arsenal suffered something of an injury crisis does that mean the Emirates side needs to invest in TWO new strikers? We are after all talking about a club that has scored over 100 goals in all competitions this term.
The Marouane Chamakh story has been doing the rounds for quite some time and its been reported that the Bordeaux man has in fact signed a four year deal worth £12m in wages although as yet this seems unconfirmed by the north London club. Now Arsene Wenger is looking to snap up Wigan Athletic man Hugo Rodallega, which in my view would be an odd purchase to say the least.
The 24 year old Colombian international has impressed at the DW Stadium and no doubt has the potential to do great things in the Premier League, but is he good enough for a side in the top four? Would he even get a game ahead of the current crop at the club? The answer for me to both questions is an emphatic no.
There is a danger that any signing made simply as cover would prove more harm than good. Any likely signing would do a great deal of bench warming as clearly Eduardo and Robin Van Persie as a partnership are pretty hard to placate and with a fast improving Nicklas Bendtner behind them it seems a tad overkill to sign two news strikers.