With the same unwavering confidence we place in the sun rising every morning and the changing of the tides, we know that, approximately once a month, the Jackson Martinez to Arsenal transfer rumour will surface.
The Daily Express will have us believe a £30m deal has been agreed between the Gunners and Porto for the sale of the prolific Colombian, despite the myriad factors questioning the veracity of these reports.
In addition to the heap of pointers refuting the plausibility of such a move ever coming to fruition (an outline of which will commence momentarily) there’s also the painstakingly obvious point to consider too – Martinez is an awful fit for the Arsenal system.
The 28-year-old can legitimately argue his case of being a superior finisher to Arsenal’s incumbent line leaders Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck – five in five Champions League starts, as well as 16 in 21 Primeira Liga appearances make his sharpshooting qualities difficult to dispute – but there aren’t many more strings affixed to his proverbial bow.
It’s a statement South American soccer aficionado Phil Vickery has concurred with when quizzed on the player’s talents on Talksport recently:
“You give [Martinez] enough chances in the box and he’ll attack them, whether that be on his left or right foot or in the air.
“But he doesn’t do a great deal, other than putting the ball in the net, so if he’s not doing that you’re not getting much else.”
This isn’t true of either Giroud or Welbeck.
The Frenchman’s ability to link the Gunners’ intricate attacking moves makes him their ideal number nine, while his English counterpart is lightning fast, hard working and versatile.
Similarly, being an established marksman in one league doesn’t guarantee results in an alien environment, as former La Liga goal-fiend and current Tottenham bench-warmer Roberto Soldado will attest.
Chances won’t come as freely in the Premier League, while the implications of squandering them are much greater.
Martinez is unaccustomed to such pressure in his Portuguese safe haven.
Furthermore, there’s his age to consider.
Arsene Wenger would need to be prepared to lose a significant chunk of the £30m he has allegedly agreed to pay for the Colombian, given his low re-sale prospects.
This aspect alone would be enough to deter the skinflint French boss, whose side are 4/1 to sign Martinez permanently before the summer transfer window shuts.