Jackson Martinez has been in prolific form for the Portuguese side this year and has been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium this summer. The 28-year-old, who impressed at the 2014 Brazil World Cup last year, has scored 17 league goals for his club this season and has also found the net six times in the Champions League. We take a look at the Colombian striker and discuss our thoughts on whether the Gunners should sign him, or if they should look elsewhere in the upcoming transfer window.
He has shown that he can perform on the ‘big stage’
Over the last 12 months, Martinez has regularly shown that he is more than capable of performing on the big stage. He was one of the standout performers at last year’s World Cup, and scored twice in Colombia’s 4-1 victory over Japan in the group stages.
Meanwhile, he has been phenomenal in the Portuguese Liga over the last few seasons, scoring 63 goals in 82 matches. The 28-year-old has been a class above, and a summer move surely beckons – even if the Gunners decide to look elsewhere.
Finally, he is averaging a goal every 90 minutes in this year’s Champions League – an extraordinary statistic. Martinez scored during his side’s 3-1 first leg victory over Bayern Munich and is certainly one of the reasons why Porto’s plucky Dragons can surprise Bayern once again and reach the quarter-finals of the competition.
His style of play would suit Wenger’s side
Martinez’s direct, fast-paced style of play would certainly suit an Arsenal side that likes to attack with sheer speed. The 28-year-old has exceptionally fast feet, has brilliant ball control and is one of the best finishers in world football right now. The Colombian can lead the line as part of a central trio, or play alongside another striker – which would allow Wenger to adapt his formation midway through matches. Unfortunately for Martinez, time is not on his side. The striker is already 28 years old and £30 million – his expected price tag – is a lot of money to spend on a forward that is unproven in the Premier League.
Arsenal certainly need another striker and Martinez is in the form of his life. The Colombian would be a great addition to an already fantastic squad, and he may just be the right man to help Wenger’s side win their first Premier League title since 2004. If they decide to look elsewhere, it will be due to his age rather than his form – and Wenger would be hard pressed to find many better strikers to take his place.