Arsenal have been anything but consistent in the first half of 2012-13 season, leading up to the January transfer window. In order to bolster their firepower upfront, Arsene Wenger is reportedly looking to bring one player, whom he has admired for years, to the Emirates Stadium – David Villa.
Arsenal, despite their third position on the table, are far behind the Manchester clubs and if they are to either close the gap at the top or, in the worst case, thwart the competition for Champions League places as the season progresses, they would certainly need to add a proven goal-scorer to the squad to supplement the only out-and-out striker in the roaster, Olivier Giroud, if we were to overlook Marouane Chamakh.
Arsene Wenger had tried to sign David Villa during his Valencia days but the striker eventually decided to join the revolution at Camp Nou under Pep Guardiola. Now, at 31, he is perhaps at a stage wherein there’s scope for only one more major contract in his career. After recovering from the injury he’d suffered in the Club World Cup last year and missed most of the previous season because of it, he isn’t an obvious starter for Tito Vilanova. Since his return, he has started in merely seven games, as Barcelona have preferred Sanchez and Pedro over him, yet he has managed to score five goals nonetheless.
Considered to be one of the most lethal finishers of the last decade, El Guaje knows that he still has many admirers and may consider his options. But, unless he takes a substantial pay-cut, his salary of £130,000 per week may be beyond Arsenal’s reach. Furthermore, his age and injury concerns, may also force Wenger to look at other options in the market. It is believed that Huntelaar, Ba, Llorente and Dzeko are also on their radar.
It will be interesting to see how Theo Walcott reacts if Arsenal were to sign a striker in January, as the Englishman has for long indicated that his preferred position on the pitch is through the middle and not on the right. In the summer, Walcott was heavily linked to a move away from Emirates with only an year left in his contract. If he has refused to sign a contract extension, the January transfer window may be the last opportunity for Arsenal to make some money of his sale, before he leaves for free at the end of the season, so they can be expected to listen to offers on the table. Liverpool and Chelsea are likely destinations, but with the Meyseyside club rumoured to be closing on Daniel Sturridge, Chelsea may look towards the north of London.