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Arsenal eye £20m hitman as Wenger looks to strengthen strike-force
According to the Mirror, Arsenal have made Watford’s £20m-rated striker Odion Ighalo one of their prime targets as boss Arsene Wenger looks to strengthen his strike-force this summer.
Putting the ball in back of the net has become something of a problem for Arsenal in recent months and we wasted our opportunities once again last night during a frustrating 2-0 defeat to Barcelona.
Arsene has always maintained that he has plenty of fire-power up front with Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott all vying for the leading role through the middle.
However, the Mirror claim the boss is still planning to strengthen his options this summer and has now made Watford hitman Odion Ighalo one of his prime targets.
The Nigerian international has been a revelation during his debut season in England’s top flight having scored 14 goals in 24 games for Watford after his 20 goals fired them to promotion from the Championship last year.
The newspapers have linked Arsenal with the 26-year-old in recent months and the Mirror claim we are now stepping-up our interest ahead of a potential £20m move, but we could yet face competition from the likes of Chelsea.
Watford will no doubt be reluctant to let Ighalo go but the Hornets have reportedly lined-up Granada striker Isaac Success as a potential replacement, which will pave the way for Ighalo to make the short trip across North London if we can agree a deal.
We certainly need another striker to give us more fire-power up front next season but I personally have my doubts over whether Ighalo is the man for the job. He’s enjoyed an excellent debut season in the Premier League but I think we need someone like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Karim Benzema to really take us to the next level.
Would Ighalo have made the difference against Barcelona? I personally don’t think so, but someone like Aubameyang could have done, so let’s go all-out for a world class striker this summer and make ourselves real challengers for the top trophies.