Arsene Wenger’s ongoing search for a new striking option has apparently led to Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann according to The Sun.
Arsenal could well do with strengthening their attack with Wenger having to overly rely upon, solid if not spectacular, French forward Olivier Giroud.
The North London side have been linked with a host of targets ranging from Gonzalo Higuain to Wilfried Bony and yet Wenger is still to complete a deal to fix a very real problem area for the Emirates Stadium side.
The Sun claim that Wenger is ‘Willing to spend this summer’ and states that there is now ‘hope in landing Griezmann, as it emerged today he has an £85.5m buyout clause.’
Of course this is a little hard to swallow given that Wenger is known for being frugal in the transfer market and a move to Griezmann would double the club’s current transfer record.
Griezmann is very much in his prime having made a big splash at Atletico Madrid and was a massive hit at this summer’s Euro 2016 tournament.
The 25-year-old has netted 57 goals in two seasons at Vicente Calderon and is far more than just his goal-scoring prowess.
The stylish forward very much fits Arsene Wenger’s style of play and one wonders if Griezmann feels he can achieve his ambitions at Atletico.
That said the prospect of Arsenal forking out such a sum is very hard to believe though Gunners fans will hope that having seen Manchester United and Manchester City spend big this summer, that their side will follow suit.
Olivier Giroud’s tally of 16 Premier League goals last season is a little misleading as it’s worth noting that the fan favourite endures long goal droughts separated by occasional goal gluts.
The 29-year-old is very much a confidence player and he can be very profligate in front of goal.
In 2014/15 he suffered a seven Premier League goal drought in the final stages of the campaign and last term he failed to hit the back of the net in 15 successive top tier appearances, and these runs of poor form have led to Arsenal’s title challenge faltering.
Back-up options Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck have failed to offer much by way of a back-up and Arsenal would do well to invest in this area before the transfer window slams shut.