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Arsene Wenger lines up shock £2m bid for Dimitar Berbatov
Arsenal’s top goalscorer this season Frenchman Olivier Giroud is sidelined with an ankle problem and currently there is no set date for his return. They recently also lost back-up striker Nicklas Bendtner to a similarly bad ankle injury in their 2-0 win over Cardiff City on New Years Day. Bendtner bizarrely sprained his ankle as he scored a vital 88th minute goal for the Gunners and now Wenger is desperately seeking to add an experienced striker to his squad.
Wenger does have other options he can utilise up front, both Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski can play as central strikers but Wenger prefers to use their trickery and pace playing in a wide role. Podolski also recently just came back from four months out injured and is unable to play the full 90 minutes so Gunners boss Wenger with currently no fit senior strikers available in his squad sees Berbatov as the ideal solution, the ex-Bulgarian international suddenly emerging as his main January transfer window target.
He would be a great signing for Wenger and the 32-year-old can boast extensive Champions League experience from his time at previous clubs Bayer Leverkusen and Manchester United. He secured numerous silverware with the Red Devils, bagging 2 Premier League titles, 2 Charity Shield victories and a League Cup win. He is a versatile front man who can also drop deep and play just off the main striker in a number ten role. The player would also be eligible for Arsenal’s Champions League squad when the competition starts again in February.
Graceful and elegant on his day, Berbatov has been accused of having a bad attitude and not looking interested on numerous occasions. Wenger will not allow that state of mind from a player in his squad and he will demand 100% effort from Berbatov every single minute he represents the Gunners. Perhaps only a manager like Wenger can re-ignite his passion and form of old.
Berbatov has never failed to score goals wherever he has been, notching 69 league goals in 154 league games for Bayer Leverkusen. He would then go on to Spurs where he would form a deadly partnership with Irish striker Robbie Keane before making the move to Old Trafford. Since signing for Fulham in 2012, Berbatov has made 48 appearances for the Cottagers in the league, scoring 19 times.
Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen will look to re-invest the cash from the deal into a bid for West Ham’s prodigal talent Ravel Morrison.