The summer transfer window can be a tough time of the year for pretty much every Arsenal fan, especially when you’re in desperate need of a striker.
Arsene Wenger is being called on by frustrated supporters to cough up the cash over the next few months in order to sign a forward with proven experience.
At the moment the Gunners will start the season with Chuba Akpom as their only fit striker with Danny Welbeck out injured and Olivier Giroud handed an extended holiday spell.
That is an almost impossible prospect and Wenger needs a quick resolution in order to let a new arrival form a close relationship with the rest of the team ahead of the Premier League kick-off.
We’ve narrowed down the top four strikers Arsenal have the best chance of signing this summer, and assess just how they could perform at the Emirates this season.
1 – Mario Gotze
Having been linked with the Gunners over the past two seasons, Gotze is the type of player that also pops up on our transfer news as things start to get a bit desperate.
Scoring the World Cup winner seems to be his only real highlight in the last two years, and predominantly a wide player he isn’t the forward Arsenal need.
However, he is a realistic transfer target this summer after revealing he was open to a move away from Bayern Munich in search of regular first team football and with it, development.
Gotze is just 24 years of age but already has experience of playing alongside top-level players and therefore wouldn’t struggle to adapt to life at Arsenal just because of his age.
He is primarily a winger but Wenger will see the potential in the youngster, who already has 56 international caps to his name as well as 44 club goals since 2009.
The struggle with this deal is competition as both Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool have their eye on the playmaker, who is almost certain to leave the Allianz Arena after being frozen out of the team.
His former club are reportedly leading the way but the temptation of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool could be too much to turn down if a move to England is on the cards.