Arsenal are reported to be considering a transfer for Porto striker Jackson Martinez in order to add squad depth up front. According to Tuttomercato, Arsene Wenger, who has only Olivier Giroud as a recognized striker, is keen to add to his strike force and has earmarked Martinez.
The Columbia international is unlikely to come cheap. The transfer fee suggested is in the region of €38m (£32m). Wenger will also face competition for the 27 year-old as Rafael Benitez' Napoli are also believed to be monitoring the situation.
Martinez scored 34 goals for Porto last season in just 43 appearances, helping the team to the Premeira Liga. This campaign he has three goals from three games.
Despite their lack of depth up front Arsenal are currently top of the Premier League table. Being tied with Liverpool on points and goal difference, Arsenal's lead at the top of the league is down to having scored more goals than their Merseyside rivals.
The Gunners drew their last fixture 1-1 with West Bromwich Albion. In what was a difficult game, Arsenal followed a dour first half performance with an impressive second half. After grabbing the equaliser through Jack Wilshere, Wenger's team pushed hard to find a winner. Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, although disappointed with the result, is confident of his team's chances this season.
"I suppose when we come down a little bit we'll be happy with that point," Szczesny told Arsenal's official website. "I was disappointed after the game because we felt confident, we had the momentum. It was a tough game so we'll probably take it. But I'm still disappointed."
"It's time for us to start a new run," he continued. "Hopefully we can win the next game and the few more after that, and create the momentum again. We're still top of the league so the momentum is still with us. We won't lose our confidence."
"We said to ourselves before the game that we want to go into the break top of the league," the Poland international said. "Obviously we would have preferred to have done it with a win but we got a point which was enough to keep us on top."