After having failed with a late bid to land Demba Ba from Chelsea in the summer transfer window, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is back at it again. Arsenal is reportedly considering a £15million bid for the Senegalese international in January, in the wake of their recent 1-0 defeat to Manchester United.
As was the case in early September, Wenger is in the hunt to provide an able cover for his preferred striker Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman has been in terrific form, having bagged five goals in the English Premier League and three goals in the UEFA Champions League, while playing a pivotal role in his side’s recent success.
Currently, Wenger is left relying on Gunners’ outcast Niklas Bendtner to provide cover to the French international, in the absence of injured Yaya Sanogo, Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, all of whom can deputize in the centre-forward role in the absence of Giroud.
If Bendtner’s cameo against the Red Devils is anything to go by, then Arsenal desperately need another striker. The Danish international’s almost casual approach, lack of match fitness and missing killer instinct were visible to all. Although in his defense, Bendtner has not started a league game for Arsenal in over two years. He failed to repay Wenger’s faith in him when he was considered an integral part of the squad.
Demba Ba meanwhile has failed to make the expected impact at Chelsea this season, after his January move to the west London club. However, that does no justice to the immense talent he possesses. Not only does Ba have a lethal right foot, good physique and temperament, his ability to bring teammates into play makes him a desirable player. And despite his peripheral figure at Chelsea, Ba has managed to score three English Premier League goals and two UEFA Champions League goals thus far.
Were he permitted to switch allegiance, Ba would definitely be a priceless asset to a resurgent Arsenal. Not only will he provide Wenger the luxury of rotating his forwards, but will definitely boost their chances of succeeding in the remaining three competitions they are fighting for. For Chelsea, the rotation of Samuel Eto’o and Fernando Torres is finally starting to click for the Blues. Perhaps the only way Ba doesn’t move across London to the Emirates is if Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho wants to be spiteful and doesn’t want to give Arsenal any added firepower especially if it ends up being a title race between the two sides. For Demba Ba’s sake, however, he needs the playing time especially if Senegal qualify for World Cup 2014.