The Scout Report: Striking Targets

Let’s be honest, Arsenal need a striker.
Olivier Giroud has been okay, scoring important goals from the bench and setting up Aaron Ramsey’s FA Cup Final winner.
Danny Welbeck works hard, runs defenders ragged but hasn’t quite found his goal scoring touch following his second major injury in two consecutive seasons.
Lucas Perez has not been given the opportunities his rare performances deserve and is now looking to leave in the summer.
We need a goal scorer, someone who would give us a boost in the battle towards the top of Premier League.
Arsene Wenger reportedly has money to spend this summer and he needs to splash out on a world class striker to finally replace Robin van Persie.
So, with that in mind, here are five strikers we should be targeting.

Andrea Belotti, Torino  

The 23-year-old Italian has taken Serie A by storm this season, bagging 26 goals in 35 Serie A games this season, finishing third top scorer in the league behind Dries Mertens (28) and Edin Dzeko (29).
Arsenal reportedly has a bid for Belotti rejected in January but could, and should, return with a bid this summer.
He is a true penalty box poacher, a quick, powerful, finisher who is always a really threat with is movement inside the 18-yard box.
At 23, he still has his best years ahead of him but should be targeted as the striker to take Arsenal forward and make a push for the league title.
The one issue. The £85 million price tag.

Karim Benzema, Real Madrid

Serially linked with Arsenal, he is a player that I could see Arsene Wenger going after this summer. I mean, he does appear to love him.
19 goals and nine assists in 47 games across all competitions represents a poor season considering Benzema’s Real Madrid record but his season has been hampered by injury.
Despite this, he would still be a quality addition. We all know of his quality but, with Cristiano Ronaldo moving centrally in recent months, he could be forced out the Bernabeu door.
However, with a realistic fee being anywhere from £30 million to £50 million, that represents a big outlay on a 29-year-old, who could start the downhill slope to retirement in the next few season.
Benzema certainly represents the short term solution.


Kylian Mbappe, AS Monaco

If Benzema is the short term solution, his compatriot Kylian Mbappe is easily the long term solution.
Very few people knew of Mbappe this time last year but, is now one of the most sought after players in the world.
Comparisons have been drawn between Gunners legend Thierry Henry, due to his pace and finishing ability, having scored 26 goals and picking up 14 assists in 44 games across all competitions.
All of Europe’s elite clubs are interested, and a fair amount of flirting has gone on between Mbappe and Real Madrid, but splashing £80-£100 million would represent a big outlay on the future of the club, while also making a statement signing.
It would be difficult to do, but we should at least give it a go.

Antonie Griezmann, Atletico Madrid

Similar to Mbappe, Antonie Griezmann would be a statement signing that would be difficult to do.
After a wonderful Euro’s last summer and a third place finish in the Balon d’Or, the Frenchman has emerged as one of the best players in the world.
26 goals and 12 assists in 53 games across all competitions this season represents another solid campaign for the 26-year-old, and he could well move on from Atleti this summer.
Manchester United appear to be the frontrunners but, once again, why don’t we give it a go?
There’s no harm in trying.

Alvaro Morata, Real Madrid

Morata finds himself in a similar situation to Benzema but, unfortunately for the Spaniard, he is behind the Frenchman in the pecking order as well.
Having returned to Madrid from Juventus, Morata could well leave after just one season back in the Spanish capital.
Despite making a number of appearances from the bench, the 24-year-old has still managed a very respectable 20 goals in 42 appearances.
Linked with a host of top clubs, Arsenal would have plenty of competition for Morata’s signature but, he is a realistic signing

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