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Why Arsenal may need to lower transfer hopes for a striker

Arsenal might have to consider getting a cheap striker in January by KJ

You ask any Arsenal fan what type of player we should sign in January and 99% will say a striker. With only Olivier Giroud as our truly conventional striker, the Arsenal fan base flinches every time we see him on the floor clutching his ankle. But as I’ve said a few times, I don’t see us signing the world class strikers we targeted in the summer when the winter window opens. Higuain has moved now. Man Utd will not sell Rooney to a direct title rival and the same applies for Liverpool. So we will need to be more realistic and look at some of the cheaper options. Here is two that I’ve picked out:

Should Arsenal rescue Hernandez from United limbo?

One former Arsenal striker, Carlos Vela, who eventually moved on because of a lack of playing opportunities, has been talking about his international team mate being in a similar situation at Manchester United. Javier Hernandez seems to be seriously considering his future at Old Trafford and I think he could make a great addition to the Arsenal squad if he is available.

An ESPN report reveals that the Mexican striker re-tweeted an article quoting Vela. The thrust of the story was that Hernandez will have to think about leaving United unless he starts to be used more by David Moyes. He later removed his tweet, but it is clear that it is on his mind.

Preview of Arsenal’s Champions League play-offs

By this time next week, Arsenal will know the name of the team that will try to stop Arsene Wenger and the Gunners continuing the remarkable run of seasons qualifying for and getting through the group stages of the Champions League. The draw takes place at 11 am English time next Friday and the two legs will then be played on the Tuesday and Wednesday after the Premier League kicks off and then the week after as well.

Vela not keen on Arsenal return-Does it matter?

Arsenal have got the option to buy back Carlos Vela for the same amount, £4 million, that Real Sociedad paid for him last summer, but the Mexican striker seems distinctly unimpressed with the idea. He may not have a lot of choice in the matter, but I cannot see the point in bringing him back to the Emirates Stadium if he really does not want to come.

Vela spent time on loan with two other clubs in Spain before his loan spell at Sociedad convinced them to make the move permanent. The 24-year old has certainly flourished there, getting his best figures of 12 goals and eight assists last season. He has already repeated those figures this time, which makes him the club’s top scorer.

Should Arsenal exercise the option to buy Vela back?

Arsene Wenger will be looking for at least one striker to add to the Arsenal squad this summer, although with the departure of Bendtner and Chamakh a possibility it could well be more than one. Wenger should have a decent amount of money to spend and the Arsenal fans will be expecting some big name quality such as Jovetic or David Villa, but it seems increasingly likely that the former Gunner Carlos Vela could be coming back to the Emirates.

Arsenal cannot let Campbell go the way of Vela!

Arsenal’s Joel Campbell set to remain in Spain? by AH

Joel Campbell might not be the player on all the fans minds right now and a large amount of Arsenal fans probably won’t even recognise the name, however much to your surprise he is one of the best strikers at Arsenal at the moment. The Costa Rican striker cannot currently play in England because of work permit issues and so Campbell has been working wonders for Spanish club Real Betis this season and has helped them drive into 7th place in La Liga. European football is a possibility for Betis next season and today Campbell has spoken out about the possibility of him remaining in Spain.

Arsenal transfer rumour- the Return of Vela??

It would be the strangest Arsenal transfer move for quite a while if one of the players to be signed in the summer was Carlos Vela. The 23-year old Mexican striker spent most of his time out on loan after signing for the Gunners back in 2005. Until Wenger finally let him go permanently to Real Sociedad last summer, Vela had played just 62 times for Arsenal, most of them being in cup competitions, scoring just 11 goals.

Arsenal rumours 10th Aug – Sahin, Capoue, Tello, Kouyate, Song, Vela and Ki Sung-Yeung

I refuse to mention Robin Van Persie in today’s list of Arsenal transfer rumours because I have frankly had it up to here with the never-ending saga of our traitorous captain. So, swiftly moving on, it seems that Alex Song is the man that Barcelona want above of Van Persie and Gerard Piquet is the latest to join the list of Barca stars to ‘happen to mention’ that Song would be a good addition to the side. But he even goes as far as to say that ‘ looks like it could happen’, which seems to be going a bit far to me…….

Arsenal sell striker but retain option to buy him back

Carlos Vela has agreed to join Real Sociedad on a 3 year deal from Arsenal FC by AH

The Mexican striker will link up with his team mates in the coming days as he returns to the Spanish club that he spent last season on loan to.

The fee is set at £4.2 million with a £1.5 million add-on fee based of performance related actions. Arsenal also included two clauses in Vela’s permanent transfer to Real Sociedad. A 30% sell on fee was included in the deal, whilst Arsenal also have the option to re-sign Vela in the next two years for £5.5 million.

Arsenal finally start clearing the deadwood

Carlos Vela finally leaves Arsenal. The Exodus is on the horizon. by KJ

Finally, Arsenal have shifted their first “deadwood” player of the summer. Carlos Vela was a youngster who promised so much to the Arsenal faithful. He was and actually still is an extremely talented individual who unfortunately, failed to adapt to the Premier League.

The statement from Arsenal is below:

Arsenal Football Club has announced that striker Carlos Vela is in San Sebastian this evening for final discussions about a permanent move to Spanish La Liga side Real Sociedad.

Arsenal Rumours July 16th – Walcott, Vela, Niang, Dzeko and Ganso

There is a deafening lack of information coming from the club about Theo Walcott signing a new contract with Arsenal this summer, and this seems to indicate that he will also be moving along with Robin Van Persie. This has led to a spate of rumours about his possible destination with both Liverpool and Chelsea said to be interested.

I can’t see him going to Liverpool if he is “in search of trophies”, but Chelsea would be a real possibility given that Theo wouldn’t even have to move house, but after securing Eden Hazard I doubt that the Blues would have space to make him a regular first team player. Personally I think he will be persuaded to re-sign by Wenger if they increase the wages on offer.

Arsenal deadwood to stay or go?

Okay do you want the bad news or the good news? Fiorentina have crushed Gooners’ hopes by declaring that they are NOT about to take Marouane Chamakh off our hands. We were being told yesterday that the deal was practically done, but it seems that the old problem of wages has reared it’s ugly head.

Daniel Prade, director of football at the Italian club, says “we have not made one (an offer) because he earns 3 million euros.” Arsene Wenger was reported to have confirmed an offer from Fiorentina earlier this week so I can only think that the striker has scuppered the deal by refusing to accept any drop in wages, despite the probability that he will not play for Arsenal this season.