Arsenal may have eased their fan’s concerns over transfer dealings with the £42.5m capture of Mesut Ozil over the summer, but Arsene Wenger’s continued ignorance towards strengthening his forward line needs to be addressed in January and the man to solve that problem is Southampton’s Rickie Lambert.
The north Londoners have made a fantastic start to the campaign and are as short as 5/1 to win their first Premier League title in a decade but Wenger’s lack of options in the forward line is going to come back to haunt him at some point over the course of the year.
Making a move for hold up ball supremo Lambert, who is reportedly available in January, would add depth to Wenger’s options and plug the hole that could end up being the difference between winning the league or coming up short.
Lambert’s goalscoring record for Saints is impressive, notching 96 league goals from 176 outings.
The lethal finisher has played a pivotal role in Southampton’s epic rise from the bottom of League One to reaching the Premier League.
His upsurge to the top-level was crowned recently when England boss Roy Hodgson selected him for the national team where he scored two in three games and led the line with real maturity in the Three Lions’ crucial 0-0 draw in Ukraine.
Reports are circulating that manager Mauricio Pochettino would not stand in Lambert’s way if a top-four club made an offer
It has been suggested that Pochettino, who took charge midway through last season from Nigel Adkins, feels that the 31-year-old, despite being a regular goal-getter, doesn’t suit the quick attacking style of play that he demands.
Southampton spent big money in the last window to lure Italian international Pablo Osvaldo from Roma and with Jay Rodriguez also progressing under Pochettino, losing Lambert may not be seen as a detrimental move.
Arsenal need a back-up to Oliver Giroud as Nicklas Bendtner’s inadequacies are very clear
Despite his consistent brilliance for Denmark, when Bendtner pulls on the Gunners shirt things just don’t click and him stepping in for the brilliant Giroud is like ordering a steak at a five-star restaurant and having to make do with a microwave meal instead.
After missing out on strikers Luis Suarez and Karim Benzema over the summer, Lambert is certainly a cheaper option for Arsenal, who would only be brought in on a short term basis but would act as sufficient cover for Giroud.