In a ding dong similar to Danny Welbeck’s deadline day drama, there’s been another swing in the Gignac dance as Marseille have made it possible for Arsenal and Liverpool to make a swoop for the striker.
There’d been reports that Andre-Pierre Gignac would be offered a new deal at the club against all the plans of other top sides, having ruled out any sale of the player under any conditions. However, the 29 year old has been Wenger’s long-term admires, appears to have become a fish too big to swim in the Marseille ponds, with club President Vincent Labrune already pondering the player’s exit.
“We would like to keep him, but it seems to me utopian that he will lower his salary to stay with us” Labrune said.
Gignac is in the last few months of his deal at the Velodrome and is willing to make a step higher in his career, having joined the french giants from Toulouse in 2010. He has been bang on form this season with 10 goals in 10 outings, looking the real deal this term after so many frustrating seasons of underwhelming performances.
Gignac is surely on that kind of form sure to entice both Rodgers and Wenger in partcular to finally move for him, after previously courting him over the past 6 years. He’s earned a recall into Les Blues setup, and may look set to even move quickly above the likes of Loic Remy and our own Olivier Giroud. Wenger could be left with the feeling of rejection, Gignac representing the figure of the one who got away from his grasp.
Questions still remain, though, about the Gunners need for Gignac as Wenger should be going for an addition who will give more to the club in the long-term, than for just a season.
We’ve undoubtedly been in need of a top class center forward ever since Robin van Persie followed his little boy to United, and while Gignac had really been a hot prospect in the years of his announcement, he wasn’t quite in Arsenal form as at 2012 when we went for Olivier Giroud. Now, with the clamour for an improvement on Giroud, going for Gignac would be somewhat of a step backwards. Gignac may still have some good in him but who is to say he won’t struggle to adapt at the Emirates as he had struggled after moving from Toulouse to Marseille.
With the targets set at winning the Championship this season, it was a shot in our legs not to have gone for a recognized world class striker, just like Chelsea did. We’ve seen what an Aguero can do for City all by himself, and despite Alexis’ exploits, we know we’re still in need of a cold blooded poacher.
Both Benzema and Higuain have been on Wenger’s radar for the past couple of seasons, many gooners still unsure how we didn’t manage to sign Higuain last term. The Argentine seems not to be on the form we saw from him at Madrid, with Napoli’s recent struggles in the Serie A. Benzema, on the other hand, has rediscovered him form at the Bernabeu and it was a recognition of his improvement that ruled out a move for Radamel Falcao. That could mean market unavailability as far as the Frenchman is concerned, but Higuain is available and we should pounce.
Perhaps Liverpool may be in more need of Gignac, as they appear to still be under the weather due to Suarez’ absence.
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