It will be nothing short of perverse if Arsenal fail to bolster their 6/1-rated assault on the Premier League outright betting by taking advantage of Mario Gomez’s decision not to sign a permanent deal with Besiktas.
Gomez revealed that he will not be signing permanently with the side where he won the Super Lig last term as a loanee, due to the deteriorating political situation in Turkey, on Wednesday.
The 31-year-old leaves Istanbul with a heavy heart after a career renaissance campaign which saw him strike 26 times in 31 league starts to return to parent club Fiorentina.
Such form proved sufficient to earn him a return to the Germany fold ahead of Euro 2016, where he netted twice in four appearances.
Oddly, despite such compelling evidence that the former Stuttgart and Bayern Munich forward is back to his lethal best after the serious knee injury that derailed his time in Serie A, he is apparently not needed by La Viola.
Gazetta dello Sport report the man who plundered 113 goals in 174 outings for Die Roten between 2009 and 2013 is not needed at Stadio Artemio Franchi, with the the Italians willing to sell for a paltry £5.9m.
For a team (such as Arsenal) that has been so consistently thwarted in their attempts to sign a star centre-forward who represents both a near-as-damn-it-to-world-class talent and value for money in recent years, such a situation is enormously serendipitous.
At such a price, the German – who has bagged at a rate better than a goal a game in seven of the last nine campaigns in which he has been afforded 20 starts or more – isn’t even a significant gamble for Gunners.
Last season the lack of a truly clinical striker arguably cost them the chance to win one of the most open Premier League’s in recent decades.
Top scorer Olivier Giroud endured lengthy goal droughts and the team finished only joint-fourth highest scorers in the division despite averaging more shots from within the penalty area than any other side.
Gomez, represents quality, pedigree and value in equal measure and the north London club should be moving heaven and earth to ensure they are the ones that take advantage of his absurd marginalisation at Fiorentina.