Reports are suggesting that Arsenal are moving for Swansea City’s Wilfried Bony as they look to cover for the injured, Oliver Giroud. Bony, 25, netted 16 league goals for the Welsh outfit last year, and was bought for a Welsh record fee of £12 million in 2013.
Criticisms of Arsenal have been focused on their lack of goal threats so far this season, even with summer acquisition, Alexis Sanchez’s goal securing Champions League qualification against Besiktas. However, Giroud’s injury ensures that the North London side are struggling in this area, and will be eager to the plug the hole in the final hours of the transfer window.
Having seen possible targets, Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao snapped up by rivals, Arsene Wenger is keen to land a striker before the deadline. The Gunners are reported to be leading the chase for Bony, who scored twice for the Ivory Coast at the World Cup in Brazil. Wenger is well aware of the threat Bony possesses after he scored at the Emirates last March to earn Swansea a 2-2 draw.
It would certainly be a step-up for Bony, whose stock is rising since scoring 25 goals in total last season. The lure of the Champions League will be enough for the Ivorian, having played in the Europa League with both Swansea and Sparta Prague.
The Star have reported that Arsenal seek to trigger a £19 million release clause in the striker’s contract, who is currently 5/2 to be an Arsenal player by 11pm tonight.
Arsenal face competition for their target from Tottenham, and Liverpool, who did not offer Bony a contract following a trial in 2007.
Brian Barry, Pundit Arena.