Five options for Arsenal's £35 million striker 'war chest'

Jovetic Fiorentina

Wenger has reportedly been given funds to go out and sign a top class striker in January, who should be top of his list?

Whilst Falcao and Cavani may be out of reach even with that much money, there are several other strikers who could be brought in the bolster the line-up, which currently involves backing up Giroud with players like Gervinho and Walcott. The obvious names to spring to mind are Lewandowski and Llorente, but Adrian Lopez has also been linked to North London, as has Stefan Jovetic of Fiorentina. Another man they could look at, if Man City really are intent on selling him, is Edin Dzeko.

Lewandowski and Llorente are well known now due to their constant links to English clubs. The Spanish striker is clearly unhappy at Bilbao, and you could see him as the most likely of the above names to leave in January.

The main competition from abroad could be Juventus, who have been regularly linked to Llorente, but if Wenger could sign him, he would be the perfect foil for their talented midfield. Lewandowski would be even more expensive, but at 24, has more potential than Llorente as well as a proven ability to score goals. The Polish striker is comfortable holding up the ball, and also playing off the last man.

Adrian Lopez is clearly overshadowed his strike partner at Athletico Madrid, and isn't anywhere near the talent of the other strikers linked to Arsenal, but wold be a cheaper option that could allow Wenger to also pursue someone like Wilfried Zaha.

Stefan Jovetic has been more regularly linked to Manchester City recently, but if Arsenal could steal a march on the champions, they would be getting an excellent player. Although more of a second striker than a number nine like Llorente and Lewandowski, Jovetic has incredible skill on the ball. He also isn't shy of scoring, picking up five in the league already for Fiorentina, and looks a like a young Brian May, which can only be a good thing.

Finally, if Manchester City are intent on bringing in a striker such as Falcao or Jovetic, they must be ready to let someone go. It could be Balotelli, but it's more likely to be Edin Dzeko. Dzeko is a quality player, whose scoring record in the Premier League has been excellent since the start of last season.

If Arsenal could set up a deal similar to the one where Adebayor went to Spurs, with City still contributing to his wages, then Dzeko would be a superb piece of business.

If the rumoured war chest is real, which striker should Arsenal sign with the money?

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