Arsenal have had a number of their strike targets agree to move elsewhere this summer, while some are simply no longer leaving their clubs, but who would have made the most impact at the Emirates?
Gonzalo Higuain has been a huge talking point this summer, having made a huge £75 Million move to Juventus, which appears to have been funded by the near-certain Paul Pogba move to Man United for £100 Million. Arsenal fans have made no secret of their want for the Argentine, but at such a fee, you could hardly complain that we were unable to land him.
Jamie Vardy was close to a move to North-London this summer it seems, but despite our club having agreed to meet his minimum fee release clause, personal terms were not agreed, and he opted to stay put. Should we have made him an offer he couldn’t refuse?
Vincent Jansson was hugely impressive in Holland last season, scoring a huge 27 league goals for AZ Alkmaar, and for me the most intriguing part of his portfolio was his ability to score comfortably with both feet, with his head, as well as from the penalty spot. I hate to say it, but Tottenham may have found a gem here. Will his £17.5 Million fee prove a bargain?
Alvaro Morata was strongly linked with a move to Arsenal this summer, with Real Madrid believed to be keen on triggering his buy-back clause, before selling him on for a tidy profit. His performances in the Euro 2016 tournament may have persuaded the Spanish giants to then keep the striker, but an asking price of £57 Million is claimed to have been on the table. They seem happy to keep him, but the window is still wide open, and Benzema is thoroughly expected to keep his starting role.
Yassim Ben Yedder is another target of ours who has now made a move, with his former boss claiming he could have chosen Arsenal, before opting to join Europa League champions Seville instead. His fee is the most modest of the group, at only £7.5 Million, but he could well have been able to prove the best value.
Who will prove to be the one that got away?