Is Saha the man for Arsenal?

By Avenell Dave

John Cross, one of the best connected Arsenal journalists on Fleet Street, wrote an article today (see here) on who he thinks could be on the striker shortlist for Arsene Wenger.

He showed it to Le Boss yesterday, who laughed and jokingly offered him a job as a scout.

There are some interesting names on there and the top one for me HAS to be Edin Dzeko.

Tall, fast and a great scorer of goals, there are of course two problems about signing the Wolfsburg player.

He's in top form at present, which means paying top dollar for him and I suspect we won't pay that. And he is determined to move to AC Milan.

If you look at the players Wenger signs, they're either untapped prospects who he snaps up before anyone else, promising plenty of first team football and potential trophies, coupled with sexy football - Nic Anelka and Theo Walcott being prime examples.

The rest are usually players who have something to prove and may have failed to live up to early promise - Theirry Henry and Patrick Vieira being the best of these, without doubt.

But Wenger has also made one or two surprising signings in the past, players with a short shelf life who get one last hurrah in North London before drifting back to relative obscurity.

The likes of Oleg Luzhny, Remi Garde and Davor Suker fit this bill - players who have experience that Wenger believes he can rely on while at the same time not standing too much in the way of the younger prospects coming through.

So when I heard from a contact at Arsenal yesterday that Louis Saha was in the frame to join us next week, it amde a lot of sense.

Yes, he's injury prone and another Tomas Rosicky-esque crock to the list of those we already have.

But he's out of contract in the summer and has shown already this season taht he can score goals - and as with many strikers, playing for Arsenal will up his tally far more than playing for a struggling, more conservative side such as Everton.

So he'll come cheap, he's old enough to bring experience without being too much of a long term gamble and he's French, which Wenger loves.

He's ready for the Premiership and he's not Champions League cup-tied.

Is he the striker I want to see Arsenal sign this winter? No, not really.

I have a feeling that Toulouse striker Andre-Pierre Gignac may be the man, especially after having an indifferrent season this year.

But Saha? It's not such a crazy idea as it seems...