In the traditional Arsenal style, their tentative courtship of Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is akin to a cripplingly socially awkward teenager trying to woo the girl of their dreams into joining them at the prom.
Rather than dive in at the deep end, the Gunners will test the water for a number of weeks, before finally making their move at the last minute. It remains to be seen whether Arsenal will win the heart of the glitzy Gabonese – who boasts a goalscoring record of sheer magnificence.
However, while 141 goals in 212 appearances for BVB is exceptional, his character arguably leaves a lot to be desired. From missing three club training sessions on the bounce to being dropped for an ‘unspecified’ disciplinary issue, Aubameyang could prove one loose cannon the Gunners could perhaps do without. His price is an issue too, with a £50m having already been rejected.
Given his off-the-field antics and high cost, Arsenal may do better to find a safer option to replace their former talisman Alexis Sánchez.
So here’s six rather more reliable options the Gunners could go all out to sign this January…
6. Ciro Immobile – Lazio
With 20 goals in 19 matches for Lazio so far this season, Ciro Immobile is rapidly becoming one of the most sought-after strikers in European football.
Renowned for his cool finishing and ability to provide assists as well as goals, Immobile could provide a perfect replacement to Sánchez.
The 27-year-old is also arguably approaching at the peak of his career, and is more than capable of unleashing his talents on the Premier League for Arsenal.
5. Anthony Martial – Arsenal
With Sánchez now on the scene at United, Anthony Martial’s chances of playing regular football for his side are looking slimmer by the day.
The Frenchman is arguably at his best when played down the middle, rather than being forced out wide in the manner he has become accustomed to at Old Trafford.
If given the chance to be the main man at Arsenal, Martial could flourish under the leadership of his fellow countryman Wenger and perhaps even look to emulate the glories of a certain former number 14.
4. Nabil Fekir – Lyon
Another French option, Lyon’s Nabil Fekir is exactly the kind of dynamic forward who could work wonders for Arsenal.
The Ligue 1 star has been tearing it up in France’s top tier this season, scoring 16 goals in 19 league games. While he is more accustomed to playing a number ten role, the sprightly 24-year-old has the finishing attributes necessary to lead the line for the Gunners with aplomb.
Fekir is one of the hottest talents in French football, and Wenger would do well to invest in the tenacious talent.
3. Jamie Vardy – Leicester City
Under his new manager Claude Puel, Jamie Vardy is showing signs of returning to the kind of form that saw him become the pride of the Premier League during Leicester City’s shock Premier League title win in 2016.
Razor-sharp with seemingly endless stamina, Vardy could cause chaos in a side packed with players able to get the best out of his powerful forward runs.
Having almost joined the north London side in the summer of 2016, Vardy could shine at Arsenal if he can be convinced to make the move.
2. Andrea Belotti – Torino
It seems unlikely that Torino will hold on to Andrea Belotti for much longer, as he is clearly a player who’s talent has outgrown his humble surroundings.
While his form has suffered this season, Belotti is still a top class forward, and a move to Arsenal could be exactly what he needs to recapture his form of last season.
There’s a reason why Belotti was in such high demand last summer, and Arsenal will need to act fast if they’re to stand a chance of landing the Italian international before their rivals close in.
1. Mauro Icardi – Internazionale
Inter have disappointingly dropped off after an excellent start to the 2017/18 Serie A campaign, but their talisman Mauro Icardi has been a consistently classy performer.
Arguably a complete striker, the robust forward is one of the most reliable finishers in the business. The highly rated Argentine has raced his way to 18 goals in 21 matches for the San Siro side in the league this season – proving himself as a deadly finisher.
Stealing Icardi from Inter’s clutches may take more financial clout than the Gunners can muster, but he would undoubtably take the Premier League by storm should he be acquired.