How much are Arsenal willing to pay to fix their striker problem? £30m apparently.
Daniel Sturridge is a lot of things. Injury prone? Yes. Annoying when he does that robot dance after he scores? Definitely. But a bad footballer he is not. In fact, in just 23 appearances for Liverpool this season, he’s scored 12 goals. To put this into perspective, Olivier Giroud has scored 21 in 51 appearances. This means Sturridge is scoring practically every other game, while our big Frenchman is scoring just over once every three games, although in the case of the latter, Giroud’s goal against Manchester City on Sunday was his first since January.
The England international is notoriously selfish, which is proven by him only providing two assists but that’s what Arsenal need. We have too many players willing to play hot potato with the ball on the edge of the area, eliciting heckles of “shoot!” from the stands.
Now, imagine if Sturridge had Mesut Ozil behind him. He could be unstoppable if we could just keep him fit, which, admittedly, we’re not great at. But, if you look at his form when he was playing alongside Luis Suarez, he scored 25 in 33, and assisted nine, showing he is capable of providing, as long as the men around him are on his level.
According to the Mirror, we willing to throw £30m at Liverpool in hope of bringing the England international to north London.
Would Jurgen Klopp let him go? Doubtful, but money talks.