As the January transfer window edges ever closer, clubs will already be well underway with their plans for the new year. Following an encouraging first half of the Premier League season, Arsenal will be one of those looking to strengthen their squad and in particular, their options up front. While Arsene Wenger’s men have looked very impressive so far this campaign, currently just three points off the top of the table, the Gunners will be desperate to avoid their almost traditional late-season drop-off.
There might be a number of areas the club are interested in addressing, but the main focus should be on signing a striker capable of scoring the goals Arsenal will need to keep pace with the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City in the title race. Olivier Giroud has some important goals this season but the Frenchman still doesn’t look like the man capable of scoring every other game – and it still looks like the club are a world class striker away from being real contenders.
One league Wenger could, and perhaps should, be looking at will be Serie A. There are a number of exciting front men currently playing in Italy’s top division, and here are some potential targets for Arsenal that could really send a statement to the rest of the Premier League:
Andrea Belotti (Torino):
One of the real surprise packages this season, Belotti has raced to the top of the Serie A scoring charts from seemingly nowhere. Currently priced at around 7/1 in the Serie A betting odds to finish as the league’s top scorer, the youngster has established himself as one of the most impressive prospects in Italian football. While Torino won’t want to lose their star man in January, a big money bid from Arsenal could tempt Il Torro to cash in on the 22-year old.
Mauro Icardi (Inter):
Following a very public falling out with the Inter Milan fans earlier this year, Icardi could be on the move when the January transfer window opens. If the Argentinean is allowed to leave the San Siro in the new year, Arsenal would be foolish not to take a very serious look at Icardi. Prolific in each of his four seasons since moving to Inter from Sampdoria, the 23-year old has all the tools to be a huge success in the Premier League if the Gunners could sign the controversial striker.
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Carlos Bacca (Milan):
Another potential option for Wenger could be Milan’s in-form Columbian forward Carlos Bacca. Following on from an impressive debut season at the San Siro, the 30-year old has put himself in the mix at the top of the goalscoring charts after an eye-catching start to the campaign. With the club very much in the running for the Serie A title this year, though, it would probably take a big bid from Arsenal to convince Milan to sell their South American striker.
Mario Mandžukić (Juventus):
A player that has been linked with Arsenal a number of times throughout his career, Mandžukić would fill that traditional number-nine role for the Gunners should Wenger decide to make a move for him. A consistent goalscorer wherever he has played, the Croatian international may finally be set to try his hand in the Premier League in January.