Having failed to land a single outfield player during the last summer transfer market, Arsenal have been under pressure to sign a forward this winter when the transfer market opens again. The Gunners coach has had to share the number 9 duties between Giroud and Walcott since the season began, but he is still keen to add to his options and has identified Colombia international, Jackson Martinez, as a target. The former Porto frontman now plies his trade at the Vicente Calderon following his departure from the Portuguese League during the summer, after having rejected a move to the Emirates.
But having failed to impress since his arrival at Atletico Madrid, the speculations linking him to Arsenal have once again risen, as it is believed that he could favour a move away from the La Liga because of his poor form.
However, the 29 year-old has refuted claims that he could leave Atletico. “I try to adapt gradually, although I haven’t produced as expected. The team has had good results. Personally I have to keep working. The support at Vicente Calderon is a positive for me. I’ll fight until the end and it’s not in my head, as has been said, to leave next season. In my head is just to fight the most for this shirt. I’ll stay as long as the club wants me. That’s according to results, and we know that’s the way it is.”
Martinez arrived at the Rojiblancos side for a fee of 25 million Pounds, but has failed to live up to expectations and reproduce his spectacular form in front of goal while at Porto in Spain. Having scored 32 goals across all competitions last term, he has only found the back of the net 2 times in 11 La Liga games so far, and has found himself unable to break into the starting 11 with Simeone preferring Torres ahead of him in the pecking orders.
Wenger has often openly declared his admiration for the strong and tall forward, and could be weighing the options of signing him by winter. But with the player bent on turning his career around at the Madrid club by staying put, the Gunners’ handler might have to look elsewhere for options. Currently joint League-leaders with Manchester City, Arsenal have hardly put the wrong foot forward of recent as regarding their title dreams, but having faltered in the Champions League due to the inconsistencies of Giroud, getting another striker for the second half of the season could come handy.