The Arsenal Striker Hunt: Why Should They Sign This Belgian Sensation?

Christian Bentecke with 15 goals has been Aston Villa's Saviour
Christian Bentecke with 19 goals has been Aston Villa’s Saviour this season

When the transfer season starts this summer, possibly Arsenal will the first Premier League team to act (or at-least we hope they will). The Gunners have the resources, the intent and also the requirement to purchase a number of players and strengthen their team. One of their primary targets will definitely be a striker to fill up the void created by Van Persie’s departure, which Giroud has failed to do (Although he has scored 11 goals and 3 assists in the league, he is far from the standards set by RVP). Among a number of other strikers they are linked with, which include Jovetic, Higuain and Remy, reports suggest one of their targets this year will be Christian Benteke of Aston Villa, which looks more a realistic target. Here we give you some of the reasons why Arsenal are monitoring this prolific striker and should go for him, amid interests from other heavyweight clubs.

Clinical nature

Benteke has scored 19 goals in the league thus helping to keep his team afloat in the league. This is a remarkable achievement for a player whose club are in constant relegation threat and who receives very little assistance from the midfield. He is the fourth highest goalscorer in the league right now behind Van Persie, Suarez and Bale and that speaks volumes of the player. One of his main traits has been his remarkable precision in front of the goal which has troubled keepers of all teams of the league this season. In Benteke Arsenal will find a genuine striker with an eye for goal, a feature they have severely lacked this year.

Aerial ability

Benteke is a tremendous header of the ball and his aerial abilities are unparalleled, which have made him a constant threat from the set pieces. At 1.9m he is one tall striker who can use his height and precision to the fullest. Arsenal will be blessed to have a quality striker with a neat header in their team and with Podolski and Cazorla providing accurate crosses, Benteke will have a busy time in front of the goal.

Tender age

The Genk player who was practically unknown to the world before Villa bought him for £8m, should cost around £25m to any team that show interest in him. Arsenal would surely want to pay this sum of money for a player who can serve them for a long time to come. Benteke, who is only 22 years of age, fills that criterion and his age also leaves the scope for further development.

Written by Dinesh V

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