The summer transfer window is a period of time which many Arsenal fans yearn for from the very moment another campaign crumbles to dust. It’s a time when Arsenal fans bash at their keyboards in hope that ‘Wenga’ might answer their glorified tweets – a time when maybe, just maybe, they might see the arrival of a star signing to propel them up into the lofty stratosphere occupied by the current title challenger(s).
In my opinion, one world class striker could be enough to propel the club into becoming a team fighting for the championship. It’s a dream for many Arsenal fans, but that dream could soon become a reality with the recent availability of around £70m in lovely self-sustainably sourced cash thanks to renewed sponsorship deals – and with the current kit deal close to expiration, even more money could soon be available to utilise for Arsene Wenger.
For the first time since the stadium move almost 7 years ago, Arsenal will be in a position to sign such esteemed talent as the likes of Stevan Jovetic and possibly even Edinson Cavani. Through this, the club will be in a stronger position to live up to the adverb which has been engrained in the club’s psyche ever since it was founded over 125 years ago - forward.
‘So who would that world class striker be?’ I hear you ask. Well, there are several options. The aforementioned Stevan Jovetic looks like he is the prime target and noises coming from Twitter’s most reliable itk’s along with the media indicate that the club will do everything they can to try and sign him. Jovetic featured in the game on Tuesday night vs England and although he didn’t put in a sensational performance against the players he’d be facing weekly if the transfer materialized, the signs were still promising.
Jovetic isn’t a striker in the mould of van Persie. He’s quicker, more direct and has the ability to beat players for fun with his close control. Jovetic is for the most part a second striker type who likes to drop deep and thrives on space but is also capable of playing on the shoulder and making runs in behind. It’s this versatile ‘complete striker-ness’ which would have attracted Arsene Wenger and his team of scouts to the player since his days at Partizan Belgrade. There is genuine interest from both parties and Jovetic is quoted by The Sun as saying “It's a big pleasure for me to be on the radar of such a big club. I am happy about that.” He also enticed Arsenal fan’s taste-buds as he alluded to the possibility of a deal, stating: "Maybe one day I will play there …”
A striker like Jovetic would do wonders for the Gunners. He’s by no means the full ‘Monte’ yet but an early transfer this summer for the ‘La Viola’ man would be the ideal scenario for both Arsenal and the player. The Italian sports newspaper ‘Tuttosport’ claim that the two parties differ by €7m in their valuation of the player, with Fiorentina looking for €30m (£25m). It’s a high price but it would certainly indicate a desire by Arsenal to compete amongst the very best as the transfer of the 23 year old would be an investment for both the present and the future.
There is a stark contrast between Olivier Giroud’s and Stevan Jovetic’s styles of play. On average Giroud attempts less shots, produces less key passes and tries less dribbles per game than the Montenegran. This is hardly surprising considering because Giroud is someone who tends to hold the ball up and lay it off to others, whilst Jovetic is more intricate – something which would undoubtedly be more beneficial to our performances on the pitch than the presence of Giroud, who can sometimes have the gracefulness of a baby giraffe on ice-skates. I’m not demeaning Giroud, and I don’t think he should leave but he’s not good enough for Arsenal to rely on him to win matches. Manchester City and Manchester United have an abundance of quality strikers, and although the former’s have misfired this season, the depth in that department is incomparable with the only ‘true striker’ Arsenal have in Olivier Giroud.
The fact is that Arsenal create a lot of chances. It is my belief that with a striker like Jovetic in the side, not only would the team be more fluid, but they would also score more goals. Not only is he more creative, but his chance conversion rate is at 17.1%, whilst Giroud’s is just 12.2%. The same could be applied to David Villa or Edinson Cavani – although Jovetic would actually be my preferred choice – as they also have the ability to make goals for themselves without relying on others.
Although Serie A is a weaker league, it’s fairly clear that if a striker in the mould of Jovetic (a player who can score and create) joined then Arsenal could become a title-challenging side. Drop the rash, erratic Vermaelen, and you have a cohesive defence, a midfield who with the improving Ramsey have become even stronger and a frontline which if it included Jovetic would be far more effective. Let’s not forget that the only teams who have scored more than Arsenal this season are Manchester United and Chelsea.
Over to you, Arsene.