Arsenal should NOT panic buy a striker in January

Aleksandr Kokorin To Arsenal? No Thanks! by AT

With the Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck continuing to struggle with fitness and suffering another setback in his rehabilitation from injury, it seems as though the Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is getting impatient and some rumours are claiming that the Frenchman will move for Dynamo Moscow’s Aleksandr Kokorin, who is banging in the goals in Russia.

The injury crisis at the Emirates leaves Wenger with Olivier Giroud as the only fit out-and-out striker and it may seem conceivable that the veteran manager is looking to bring in more firepower as Arsenal aim to maintain their push for a first Premier League title since 2004. And with the Russian international said to be available for a cut-price £4.4m, a potential deal is certainly something worth pondering over.

But is Aleksandr Kokorin really what Arsenal need at the moment? Personally, I really feel Arsenal can ride the storm of the injury crisis and wait for the summer to buy an established striker who has proven himself in Europe. Apart from Olivier Giroud, Arsenal have the option of playing Theo Walcott or even Alexis Sanchez up front, and it seems likely that Welbeck will return in February. In the worst case scenario, Mesut Ozil can also be played as a false Number 9.

Being very optimistic, the Gunners can go into the summer transfer market with a good season behind them and move for a top hitman. For me, moving for Kokorin seems like a panic buy. Now although Arsenal are not blessed with a lot of natural options to lead the attack, I think we can wait until the summer to do the business.



  1. Okay!………we’ve had enough……… The aLbions can have our boy (serge)returned and **** off

    we will do what’s best for him…like bring him into the team or find a better team 4 him

    if its true that Bournemouth wants our boy zelalem on Loan….. It might just be a good call …..and 4 him to develop in the EPL under a good manager in Eddie howe !

  2. Ridiculous article.’ Personally, I really feel Arsenal can ride the storm of the injury crisis
    and wait for the summer to buy an established striker who has
    proven himself in Europe’…..What if giroud gets injured?? Walcott is not reliable mind you and Welbeck has a mysterious injury. I’d rather have kokorin in January to help in the title push rather than wait till the summer when we might have lost out on the title to buy a proven striker.

    1. Hey there, if we can manage a proven hitman in January, I’ll take that! But Kokorin isn’t someone who will come in and start scoring goals. Goals in the Russian League don’t necessarily mean goals in the PL. Look at Pogrebnyak, Pavlyuchenko, and even Arshavin! The PL is a different level all together and most times, players from Europe’s smaller Leagues take time to adapt.

      1. Sorry.. But bringing arshavin and progebnyak into this doesn’t strengthen your argument. Both players absolutely killed it in this league upon arrival.
        I understand your point.. But, no. Strengthening our title credentials this season is the most important thing. And I highly doubt Benz/Cavani/lewa will see kokorin and welbeck as a reason to not sign on if the opportunity arises…

        1. Never said top strikers would see kokorin or Welbeck as a reason not to sign. My point is, if we are going to strengthen, it should be an upgrade on what we already have. Signing another average striker doesn’t improve our title credentials very much.

          1. Numbers and potential injuries is by far a bigger issue than quality. He’d be a security, and an inexpensive one at that. If there’s better available than obviously!
            But we’ve supposedly been following him for some time now, kid has to have something! If the same thing was being said about martial this time last year, people would be saying the same things… Unless you were impressed by his 9 or so goals in the French league?

            1. Well said.

              You can’t go wrong with a 4.4 million gamble on Kokorin,he is only 24 and could turn out to be as good as Shevchenko.

              There will no doubt be a few more teenagers being signed up in January, The latest being 17 year old Nigerian Striker Victor Osmishen… (spelling ?)
              he will choose between Wolfsburg or Arsenal.

          2. Not always, like the Zen master Godswill says ..sometimes all that glitters is not gold ..Falcao.

            Sometimes a reliable option can go a long way like Walcott and Campbell pitching in while Alexis our most dangerous player is out, and Flamini hasn’t brought the club crashing down. I believe Milner would have been a solid option to have in the waiting so who knows ..maybe if proved then a reliable option could go a long way.

  3. Who knows. He can be good. Who thought Falcoa will be a flop but were blaming Wenger for not getting him. Not all that glitter are gold. Even gold is always unearthed. We need more legs to push further knowing that injury is our next door neighbour.

  4. Theo is injury prone, what if Welbeck has a further setback, Ox is injury prone.

    These players play in the front 3, anyone even if it is just a bench warmer will help in case of the worst i.e. injuries.

    I will take him over nothing, wasn’t Monreal and Ozil panic buys, just saying

  5. And a Certain Joel Campbell of curse.
    Guadiola is leaving bayern, did that means Lewy can move on given strong deal??? Just saying.

  6. We don’tneed to panic buy any position

    I disagree with Wenger not getting an outfielder this summer but we can still ride this out and win the Premier League

    It would be nice to get a top striker or versatile midfielder or DM.

    However, we should only get top proven quality if available but absolutely no need to panic buy

  7. I think the Boss should sign Alekandar Kokorin as soon as this winter window opens without any hesitation to avoid any had I known I would have signed him on. Arsenal will be competing on 3 fronts as from January. And they will certainly do with a striker reinforcement to reinforced Olivier Giroud striking role in leading the line for the Gunners. And I honestly think Kokorin will fit the bill after watching the video of his goals scoring exploits on Bleacher Report(BR). I am convinced the Boss had identified correctly a striker for Arsenal to sign instead of to 1st signed him on loan during d last window which was turned down by Kokorin’s club and agent. We know that Danny Welbeck, a striker option could return to action in February. But will he hits d ground running to start scoring goals when he’s back? Even if he does, Kokorin can still come in as a 3rd striker since there is still a space to accomodate him in d Arsenal’s official 25 man squad. Beside this, Walcott plays now in mid 3 front line.

    1. Hehe…..u basing ur claims on a certain bleacher report vid?…….Then we’ve got a problem

      when was the Last time ur bleacher reporters got a thing right bout Arsenal?

      Let’s not even comment on their transfer speculations or guesses

  8. Just want to add something to the Ozil at no.9, I know two players who might love that ..Walcott and Campbell.

  9. Campbell plays as loan striker for Costa Rica. He has the ability to play with his back to the goal, and did so during their 2014 World Cup.

  10. I agree, with Campbell there we shouldn’t have to worry about the striker position at all, there’s 5 players who either prefer to play there or can play there in the case of puzzling a lineup. Let’s just focus on signing a sufficient and (preferably) experienced DM instead, because that’s a NEED.

    This Kokorin rumor just won’t go away, I really don’t understand what’s so special about this chap. Probably just his agent trying to force a big money move away from Russia.

    1. Likes to do layoffs
      Gets fouled often
      Does not dive into tackles

      Aerial Duels
      Holding on to the ball
      Defensive contribution

  11. we have good strikers but not wc..only 1 world class striker is enough for us to send barca out of ucl. i hav no doubt with our midffield and defence..lewy is my first choice but the deal fails then go for benzma…i doubt cavanis ability.

  12. I dont knw anything about this player but with injuries problem we have with the team is proper to add to the attack and the Defensive Midfield. With injury record of Theo Walcot, we cant cast our full hope on him for the remaining half of the season. Wenger should go for him, he might add more fire power to the our victory come may.

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