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With reports coming out of Liverpool that they will not let Luis Suarez leave, it seems the Arsenal are left with 2 options. The first is to make Suarez kick up such a fuss and start legal proceedings against Liverpool. The second will be to drop our interest in Luis Suarez and seek a Plan B.
However, the unusual way we have conducted our transfer proceedings this summer mean that our Plan B has already joined a new club. As has our Plan C.
Usually in transfer proceedings, a club will have a list of signings. At the top will be the player they most want. Beneath that the next one, and so on. Usually you start at the top, get your interested rejected - either by the club, the player, or priced out - and moved down to the next one on the list.
You can put money on Falcao being at the top of most club's transfer targets this summer. However he chose to join Monaco. Cavani would of been next up. He joined Falcao in following the money to France's Ligue 1. After that you continue going down the list. And this is where Arsenal's problem lies. We seem to of gone the wrong way up.
Our primary target was originally Stevan Jovetic. It is likely he was the highest man on the list who we were given an inclination of availability. Then Gonzalo Higuain came available, so we dropped our interest in Jovetic and pursued him. And then Suarez became available and history repeated itself.
The problem now it Luis Suarez is now our primary targets. And those that would be our Plan B (Higuain) and Plan C (Jovetic) find themselves at other clubs. So if the deal for Luis Suarez does not go through, who is left?
Lewandowski has reportedly already agreed to join Bayern Munich next summer once his contract runs out. However money talks. A big enough bid from Arsenal would interest Borussia Dortmund, who would still like to sell the player, and a large enough wage packet would surely tempt the Pole. However, the pull of Bayern Munich would likely be big enough for him to resist. Add to that he is very wasteful - I have previously nicknamed him the Polish Andy Cole - we would be best not wasting our time.
The man who replaced Falcao and Hulk at Porto, he has had a scintillating season at Porto - his first in Europe, scoring 34 goals in all competitions. However, already 26, he is fairly untested at a high level. His 3 goals in the Champions League came in the group stages.
One of the main reasons he is so highly rated is due to being a compatriot of Falcao, who left Porto at a similar age and went on to score over 50 league goals in 2 seasons in Spain, before his big money move to Monaco this summer. However, he is not Falcao, and after 1 year in Europe, he would be a big money risk.
Arsenal have been linked with the Manchester United striker throughout the summer. The trail seems to of gone cold with him, however there are rumours he has requested a meeting with David Moyes and Manchester United CEO Ed Woodward this week to discuss his future. It is likely he will tell them he wants to leave, with Chelsea being his preferred destination. Could we muscle in on the deal? Perhaps. But the worry is the deal with Chelsea will be done quick, probably before our current situation with Suarez has been resolved.
The young Roma striker has all the physical attributes to become a world class number 9 (although he wears 8 for Roma). At 6 foot, with pace, power and ability, he has a big career ahead of him. And would also command a big bid. His career trajectory has been similar to that of Stevan Jovetic at Fiorentina, only playing upfront as the out and out striker last year. Due to that, his 21 goals in 66 games for Roma is unimpressive. However, 15 of those were in last years campaign.
He would take time to settle, and whether that is what we need at the moment is questionable. However it seemed we were willing to give Jovetic that time to develop into a top striker, so why not Lamela? Cost would not be a problem. Again, we have money and it is likely Roma would sell for a high enough offer to re-buy. And with Roma not in Europe, the opportunity for Lamela to play Champions League football will be a huge draw. He cost Roma €14 million and with a 10% sell on clause, it is likely he will cost around €30 million as Roma look to double their money
Whilst he might of recently signed a new contract with Aston Villa, the talk of the terraces was he only did not join Tottenham Hotspur was due to them not being willing to meet the Villain's valuation of £30 million. With us already offering Liverpool £40 million (plus £1) for Luis Suarez, we certainly have the money. If we run out of options, I can see us going in for him. Bit the fact we were not interested before he signed his new contract would make it highly unlikely we will go for him now, especially at £30 million. I would imagine a move for Benteke would be a signing for signings sake.
With the arrival of Wilfried Bony at Swansea, Michu will likely move backwards to the attacking midfield position he started last season. Whilst it is likely Swansea will not want to sell. Money talks. And a bid of £20 million would surely get the Welsh side interested.
Having let go Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli, it looked as if the Bosnian might get more games in 2013/14. But with the big money signing of Stevan Jovetic, Dzeko will find himself as 3rd choice striker once more. We were heavily linked with him back before he joined Manchester City, he is now settled in the Premier League and would make a positive impact to our squad. The question mark is whether Manchester City will sell. They obviously do not need the money. However, a big enough bid might tempt them, as this will bring them back into line with FFP. And if Dzeko fancies 1st team football, he might have to put in a transfer request to help us out.
18 year old Portuguese striker was 2nd top scorer at the recent FIFA U20 World Cup in Turkey. Very similar to Theo Walcott, in that he is not the tallest - although he is stronger built. He scored 5 goals in 4 games in the tournament. With Yaya Sanogo and Chuba Akpom has the young strikers in the squad, a move for him would be unlikely. However, it would be reminiscent to 1997 when we signed Luis Boa Morte, Christopher Wreh and Nicolas Anelka, in the hope one would make it. One did. A move for Bruma would be similar. Unlikely, but an option.
Despite the current legal shadow hanging over his head, Loic Remy showed in the last year that he has the ability to score in the Premier League, with 6 goals in 14 games. He would certainly add depth to our current strikeforce. However, the big question mark is whether he is good enough for a title chasing team. the answer is probably no. He would do a job though, and would come cheap enough to allow us to get through next season and buy big next summer. Although it would mean the club's front line would only be good enough for a top 4 challenge, not a title challenge.
As in Loic Remy, Darren Bent would be a last resort. A proven Premier League striker who would come cheap enough that it would not tie up too much money for future targets. As in Remy, he would be good enough to improve the squad, but not good enough to improve the 1st team.
In summary, the lack of top striking talent currently left on the market is worrying. We are now in a situation with Luis Suarez where it is all or nothing. If we fail to get him, it is more then likely we will end up with a temporary replacement such as Bent or Remy until next summer. This would not be good enough.
We should of signed Jovetic early. Got the deal done. his versatility (alongside Cazorla's) would have meant that had we then got Suarez, we would of have Walcott Jovetic Cazorla lining up behind. If we do not get him, Jovetic could go up top with Walcott Cazorla Podolski in behind. It would have given us options.
Every Arsenal fan's worry is that we will be left short this season. With Plan B and Plan C already at new clubs, it will be a worry if we do not get Plan A.
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