While Arsenal continue their tight battle for a place in Champions League, the club may be seriously interested in upgrading their attack this summer with notable additions.
Olivier Giroud has been the most consistent center forward, but the Frenchman was never expected to equal the output of Robin van Persie, prompting calls for a more prominent striker.
Giroud, 26, has scored 11 goals for Arsenal this season, and is third behind winger Theo Walcott (13) and Santi Cazorla (12). Gervinho and Lukas Podolski have also been used as the sole striker, but with limited success.
Montenegrin striker Stevan Jovetic remains a top target, with multiple reports linking him to the Emirates. Jovetic, who has been with Fiorentina since 2008, is valued at roughly £25 million. The most Arsenal have ever paid for a transfer was Silvian Wiltord in 2000 at £13 million, according to the Evening Standard.
If Jovetic’s price tag is too high, the Gunners could make a stronger effort to acquire Loic Remy, who is expected to leave Queens Park Rangers at season’s end. The 26-year-old has a relegation release clause in his contract that will make him available at £6 million, according to the Daily Mirror.
Remy has scored five goals in 11 appearances for QPR this season. Arsenal could possibly add both Remy and Jovetic, as both have the versatility to play on the wing, and with Podolski and Gervinho perhaps leaving the Emirates.
Gonzalo Higuain and David Villa are two more possibilities, as each forward could be reaching their end with their La Liga clubs. While both players reportedly have a decent chance of moving to a new club, it might be a longshot to expect they would join the Gunners.
Real Madrid are expected to make several changes in the summer, and moving Higuain to the Premier League or to Paris Saint-Germain appears to be a strong possibility. Arsenal, along with Manchester City and Tottenham, were alerted that the 25-year-old will be sold in the offseason, according to the Daily Mail.
The Argentine forward has scored an impressive 19 goals in 32 appearances since joining Los Blancos in 2009. However, Higuain’s play has come under scrutiny in recent months as critics have questioned his ability to finish.
Villa’s situation might be more complicated. The Barcelona forward was sidelined for eight months with a broken tibia. Though he has recovered from his injury, Villa has not scored as frequently as he had last season.
Barcelona may be in the process of revamping their roster, and selling Villa could be a top priority. There were reports of discussions between Barcelona and Arsenal in the winter about a possible move, but Barcelona decided to retain the 31-year-old, with growing speculation that he would move on in the summer.
Wenger prefers adding younger players, who are capable of improving under his tutelage rather than players like Villa who are over the age of 30. Should Arsenal add Villa it would be rather inconsistent with Arsenal’s transfer philosophy.