Aubameyang? Griezmann? Zlatan? What options are available to Arsenal this summer?

It’s almost universally accepted that Arsenal need a ‘killer’ in front of goal – a man who is capable of netting with such frightening regularity that opposing teams are in genuine awe.

In Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, and Danny Welbeck, we have a selection of very good front men who each bring something to the party, be it pace, directness or the ability to hold up the play.

But what those men lack, it would seem, is the ability to turn a half-chance into a goal, the ability to be utterly ruthless when the opportunity is presented to them.

In fits and starts, they have all glimpses of good form, but you don’t have to think long or hard to come up with a list of really very presentable chances that all three have missed. Misses that, more oft than not, have gone on to prove very costly.

 

It could be argued that the club hasn’t had a striker capable of single-handedly turning a game, and doing so regularly, since the days of Thierry Henry. Robin van Persie was superbly talented, but we never really saw the best of him until his final season.

 

In recent years, an abundance of goals from midfield have really masked our inefficiency up front, from Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey, in particular, but this season the problem has been exposed as never before. Our failure in front of goal has exploited time and again – from Swansea, to Watford, to Barcelona.

 

So, with more than £120million sitting in the bank, where should the club be spending its money to address the problem?

Arsene Wenger has argued regularly that there is a shortage of striking talent of top class in world football. Is he right? Below, and in no particular order, we asses his most realistic options.

 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

  • Club: Borussia Dortmund
  • Age: 26
  • League goals: 22
  • Goals in all competitions: 36
  • Assists: 5
  • Likely value: Prices between £50-£60 widely touted
  • Possibility: Will be much sought after in the summer. Fierce competition for his signature to be expected.

 

Gonzalo Higuain

  • Club: Napoli
  • Age: 28
  • League goals: 29
  • Goals in all competitions: 31
  • Assists: 2
  • Likely value: £30-£40million
  • Possibility: Already at his peak, a big gamble with his 30th year fast approaching. Wenger already baulked once.

 

Zlatan Imbrahimovic

  • Club: PSG
  • Age: 34
  • League goals: 27
  • Goals in all competitions: 36
  • Assists: 14
  • Likely value: Free agent
  • Possibility: At his age, unlikely to offered a lengthy deal. Unproven in the Premier League. Very unpredictable character.

Karim Benzema

  • Club: Real Madrid
  • Age: 28
  • League goals: 20
  • Goals in all competitions: 24
  • Assists: 3
  • Likely value: Up to £35million
  • Possibility: Not much chance, given the pending court proceedings in his native France. Has proven reluctant to move away from Madrid in the past, too.

Antoine Greizmann

  • Club: Atletico Madrid
  • Age: 25
  • League goals: 17
  • Goals in all competitions: 24
  • Assists: 4
  • Likely value: £35million
  • Possibility: He’s French, he’s relatively young, and he has Champions League experience. Potential to improve further, too.

Any wild cards?

Jamie Vardy, Aduriz, Romelu Lukaku, or Thomas Muller.

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