Arsenal: Dissecting ‘mad’ striker transfer claims from ITK Twitter accounts

Despite the media giants linking Arsenal with only second-tier strikers, several ITK accounts on Twitter are hyping the Arsenal faithful up, claiming the Gunners are cooking up something big behind the curtains.

Despite the ITK accounts often being ridiculed for claiming credit for hit-and-miss claims, they continue to break news much before the media giants do.

After all, Kike Marin managed to tweet about Per Mertesacker’s injury much before the Guardian and the Independent did.

Arsenal’s attempts to bring in a striker are well documented, given their unsuccessful pursuit of Jamie Vardy.

Arsene Wenger himself has admitted – every time the media questioned him about strikers – that the Gunners are scouring the transfer market for attacking reinforcements.

Wenger’s claims coupled with the fact that they have no senior out-and-out centre-forward besides Olivier Giroud has made the Twitter celebrities’ claims believable.


ITK headlines

Arsenal insider Pablo made headlines when he alleged the London club were about to finalise a deal for a world-beater with a rather cryptic tweet.

Arsenal Supporters’ Trust member Darren stated Arsenal were looking at a striker, who wants to climb the Everest despite having climbed it already.

Another well-known ITK Geoff also tweeted something along those lines.

Their ‘madness incoming’ and ‘may have climbed the Everest’ description hardly fits Olympique Lyonnais striker Alexandre Lacazette as he has never lifted a major trophy.

Besides, Andrew Gibney of French Football Weekly also recently reported that the London club had pulled out of a deal for him because of Lyon’s ludicrous valuation.

Accordingly, Arsenal, who are widely known to keep their transfer dealings secret, may be up to something big.

With the manager recently announcing that price tag would not stop them from signing their targets, the excitement has only increased in leaps and bounds.


Here are the three possibilities:

Return to the Premier League

Carlos Tevez recently headlined the English tabloids when he stated Antonio Conte attempted to sweet-talk him into joining him at Stamford Bridge, but the new Chelsea boss was quick to rubbish such claims.

At 32, the Argentine still has at least two more seasons of top-level football left in him.

Although Arsenal will again be back in the transfer market next summer to find a replacement for him in the event of his signing for Arsenal, he will definitely prove a wise signing, given his ability to score goals, experience, and the lack of strikers in the market.

Having already won everything there is to win with Manchester United, he perfectly fits the ‘climbed the Everest’ tag.


Return of the Dutchman

Robin van Persie owned a Premier League winners’ medal less than 12 months after he had left Arsenal.

However, his career had since been a downward spiral as he was shipped off only after three seasons at Old Trafford.

At Fenerbahce, though, he has revived his career, scoring 22 goals in 33 competitive starts.

However at 33, he will only be a stopgap answer, but he may as well be the last resort if Arsenal fail to sign a younger striker.


Arrival of a Real Madrid attacker

Arsenal have been scouting Isco Alarcon for some time now, but with Real Madrid head honchos telling Zinedine Zidane that they could sign new players only after offloading a few, he has been made available.

Isco will likely cost a modest £40 million in the current inflated market, but his addition will definitely improve Arsenal.

His ability to play across the forward three makes him a Wenger-esque player.

Should he arrive, Arsenal will postpone the signing of a pure centre-forward, but he will more than make for it with his unappreciated talent.


Written by Praveen Paramasivam

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