Departures from Arsenal have been of higher profile than arrivals since the side’s most recent trophy success, some eight years ago. Players offloaded for cash have taken the majority of press attention, namely Van Persie and Cesc Fabregas, however the retirement of one Dutchman in 2006 has left a void that is yet to be filled.
Dennis Bergkamp, now 44, is one of the most gifted forwards of the Premiership era. With the technique to rival anyone, combined with both passing vision and finishing prowess, it’s no wonder that Thierry Henry once described him as a ‘dream for a striker’. And this is exactly what Arsenal are lacking currently; a man to be deployed chiefly as a provider for the main striker, but someone who can pop up with a few goals himself.
So who are the options?
Price: £24 million
Transfer Possibility: 7/10. One of Arsenal’s main targets this summer. The Montenegro forward likes to roam wherever the space is behind the front line. Jovetic boasts a decent finish but most importantly, bags of technical ability.
His performances for club and country have led to a race for his signature between many of the top English sides; Arsenal will face competition from both Manchester United and City if they wish to gain his signature.