We are set to miss out on another one of our January targets and for once, we may be quite undisturbed about it.
Reports have it that Marseille striker, Andre-Pierre Gignac, has opened talks with his club over a new deal to keep him at the Stade le Velodrome. The 29 year old has been Wenger’s long-term admires, having tracked the player right from his blooming days at Toulouse. Gignac’s current deal is set to run out in the coming summer, lending leaf to the idea that he was going to be the subject of an Arsenal approach in the winter.
On the contrary, the player appear to be basking in delight of his excellent start to this season, choosing rather to further commit himself to Marseille. With 10 goals in 10 appearances so far, Gignac is surely on that kind of form sure to entice Wenger 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.
But all things considered, was it ever really necessary to sign Giganc?
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.
Benzema and Higuain are certainly better options to Gignac. Both 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.
From another view, Gignac would not be an improvement to our current crop of strikers. It appears one of our non-regulars – Lukas Podolski in particular – would have to give way if the big Frenchman were to come, but that would not be wise in any sense. Podolski is easily the most lethal finisher in the Arsenal camp, and if you are not going to get someone who will improve the squad, why sign him anyway?
Gignac should go ahead and prolong his Marseille stay; we don’t quite need him. Or what do you think?
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