Every single transfer window Arsenal fans sit back and wait for the rumour that we are going to try and sign the ex-Chelsea supersub Salamon Kalou, and the first link has come in today from the Star.
As if the January transfer window was not frustrating enough for Arsenal fans, we then had to read in the papers that the Gunners had failed in attempts to bring in a number of players. The biggest of these was Julian Draxler of Schalke, of course, but the one position we really needed to strengthen was striker and so the news that Salomon Kalou had turned down the chance to come was pretty frustrating as well.
Anymore for anymore?
As the transfer deadline moves ever closer to closing time, Arsenal are finally beginning to make some moves in the market. Arsene Wenger is well known for leaving the deals late, and more often than not they are claimed to be panic buys. The problem is these panic buys that include the likes of Per Mertesacker and Mikel Arteta, have actually turned out quite well for the Gunners, whilst tonight’s purchase, albeit a loan, Kim Kallstrom seems to be the complete opposite.
There have been calls from Arsenal fans, former Gunners and football pundits all month for Arsene Wenger to sign a striker. Some think that Olivier Giroud is not good enough, some think he is but that Bendtner is not good enough back-up, some think Arsenal need options up front and some think one injury will derail the season. But they all add up to the same thing, signing a striker.
Arsenal must buy a striker in order to last the distance in the Premier League race. This was never more apparent than in the 1-0 loss to Manchester United. In that game, Arsenal bossed possession but Giroud was well taken care of by the United defence. Wenger had few options from the bench and at the end he could only turn to a want-away ex-striker from Denmark to salvage the game.