We have just signed Lucas Perez in the summer, and he is struggling to get game time because of the form of Alexis Sanchez. Meanwhile, Olivier Giroud is still recovering from his toe injury and is yet to make a start this season.
And don’t forget Danny Welbeck. His time with us has been hampered by injuries, but he is a senior member of our squad and a very capable striker.
So, it doesn’t make much sense when we are linked with strikers in transfer news nowadays. However, Italian outlet Calciomercato ( as translated by talksport) has done just that and has linked us with AC Milan striker M’Baye Niang.
The 21-year-old is an old interest, and we were heavily linked with him before he joined AC Milan from French club Caen back in 2012. He even recently confirmed that we made a bid for him back in 2012 as reported by The Express.
The French striker has been in impressive form this season and has attracted interests from clubs all over Europe. He has scored three goals and provided two assists in seven Serie A appearances this season.
The report also claims that we are considering a January move for the player, who is valued at €35m by his parent club. However, Rossoneri will attempt to block any mid-season move for their talented player.
Now, I find it very hard to believe that we are interested in Niang, let alone that we are considering a January move for him. We currently have an ample number of strikers in our team, and I don’t see us signing one more before one of them leaves our club.
I suppose the one closest to an exit from the club is Olivier Giroud as he is already 30 years old. But, even he has a couple of years left on his current contract, and I don’t think he will be leaving us before 2018. It is also a possibility that he ends up staying with us beyond his current contract.
So, overall, I think it’s a bogus rumour- certainly the January transfer window part. During the January transfer window, one always needs to pay over-the-top prices because the clubs are not prepared to let their players leave in the middle of the season.
Anyone who knows Arsene Wenger properly understands that the Frenchman is not a fan of the January window. He prefers not to do his business in January unless there is an urgent requirement in his squad.
And I don’t think we have an urgent requirement of a striker at the moment.