Arsenal Transfers: Gunners Need to Sign the Right Player to Boost Attack

Mikhail Turner@MikhailTurnerContributor IIIMay 23, 2013

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 19:  Loic Remy of Queens Park Rangers warms up prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Queens Park Rangers at Anfield on May 19, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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All the talk concerning Arsenal's possible transfer signings for the attacking third have centered mainly on Stevan Jovetic and, more recently, Gonzalo Higuain.

Given Arsenal fans' preference for a big name signing, as well as their obvious quality, these two players make sense. 

The Gunners need a forward who will score goals consistently, and while some fans have their doubts about Jovetic's ability in that respect, Higuain is proven in that area.

Still, enough has been said about the duo in relation to Arsenal in recent times.

There are other names that have cropped up as potential additions, or replacements, for the Gunners, and each option has to be weighed.

Christian Benteke, Loic Remy, and Wilfried Bony are the players in question.

Like Jovetic and Higauin, plenty has been said about Benteke and fans have seen him in Premier League play throughout the season.

Of all these options, he's the only one who can fully pass that "Premier League-proven" test.

Loic Remy's half-season with Queens Park Rangers showed he may be able to produce in England. The French international would bring title-winning experience, versatility and his best years to the London side.

Bleacher Report's own Karl Matchett broke down the tactical pros and cons of signing the former Marseille forward.

Remy has never been a prolific scorer, though, and his similarities to Theo Walcott make it difficult to see that he would improve Arsenal that much more.

Wilfried Bony is an exciting prospect coming off the back of a season where he scored 35 goals in 29 games for Vitesse Arnhem.

According to ESPN FC, Bony could be available for £10 million this summer, and that's another plus considering his price could be inflated that much higher after this season's exploits.

He is a forward in the poacher category, who has the physical tools to survive in the Premier League, but Olivier Giroud is already at the club, and Higuain would be a better addition on merit.

Every Arsenal fan has their preference and opinion as to who would be the best option for the club moving forward.

Barring a departure by the likes of Lukas Podolski, only one of the top two targets—Jovetic and Higuain—would be a possibility due to their cost.

With reporting that Higuain is strongly linked to Juventus, that may leave only the Fiorentina star as an option.

Interestingly enough, it may come down to a "You get one, I get one" situation with Arsenal and Juventus, as ESPN FC reports that the Italian giants may be interested in Jovetic as well.

In any case, Arsenal may only need one of these players given Sky Sport's report of the impending arrival of Yaya Sanogo.

The Auxerre youngster is only a raw prospect at this time, but he would add depth to the Gunners' attacking third, and may progress well under Arsene Wenger's tutelage.

Arsenal could also face the prospect of another extremely frustrating transfer window, with Wenger just as likely to consider none of these options. 

According to Talksport, the Gunners have been linked with skillful Montpellier attacking midfielder Remy Cabella. With seven goals and nine assists this season, the Frenchman has shown he can be productive.

Cabella has enough skill and versatility to fit into the Arsenal side, but there are more cons than pros to his signing. 

He wouldn't start right away, there are enough players like him in similar positions in the squad and it's unknown if he would survive the Premier League.

We get through all that before even mentioning an Express report of the ridiculous £85 million valuation Montpellier have put on the player.

While Montpellier are unlikely to expect even half that much should any interest become real, it does suggest that they will expect a sizable amount for his services; an amount that could be used sufficiently elsewhere.

So which of these players would be the right one to boost the Arsenal attack?

Is it Jovetic's youth, potential and skills that, if harnessed correctly, could produce on of the biggest signings of the summer? 

Is it Higuain's proven goal-scoring record, Benteke and Remy's Premier League experience, or Cabella's skill and versatility?

Wenger changed his policy a bit with the signings of Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla last summer, and the results have been mixed.

Cazorla was the best of the three, and the fact that he was the only non-forward may weigh heavily on Wenger's mind. 

All these candidates have their pros and cons, and Wenger likely won't win with all the Arsenal fans, whichever option he chooses.

The only thing certain with any of these transfers is that nothing is certain. 

Unless otherwise stated, all statistics courtesy of ESPN FC.


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