4. Roberto Firmino (Al-Ahli)
File this one into the ‘hear me out’ section.
It would certainly win the ‘Bonkers Transfer of the Month’ award, but the flatlining Arabian dream has sparked rumours that Roberto Firmino is looking to leave Al Ahli in January and he might be within our FFP-constrained reach.
Announcing himself with a debut hat-trick, Firmino has not found the net in any of his last 17 appearances and mostly resides on The Royals bench - a development that has sounded alarm bells in the final years of his career.
Although such lean numbers will hardly excite the Arsenal support, the Brazil star would need no adaptation period and is well-suited to our jack-of-all-trades striker role, while his experience (like Jorginho 12 months ago) could help us to keep focused when the finishing line approaches.
Firmino is obviously not the player he was nor the one we should prioritise, but he is inexpensive, available and tailor-made for an Arteta frontline. Maybe revisit this deal in the final hours of deadline day.
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