Shock Arsenal SigningJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
It has emerged that Nikola Zigic has been linked to Arsenal as Arsene Wenger attempts to repair the damage that Giroud’s injury has caused to his first choice line-up.
The six-foot-eight player is currently not signed to any team since his contact with Birmingham ended in July. Reports are now breaking that Zigic is currently en route to London for a check-up before signing a shock deal with Arsenal.
The Serbian striker signed to Birmingham in 2010 for £6 million and has performed respectably for the side over the past few years, scoring 32 goals in 132 league games.
Zigic’s agent reportedly told Serbian papers today, “Wenger called me on Tuesday and stressed his desire to sign Zigic.
“He was offered a contract until the end of the year, with a view to it being extended to 2015 – we’ll see what happens.”
The 33-year-old striker’s closest contact with the Gunners to date was when he scored against them in the 2011 Carling Cup final.
The Serb also played a huge part in preventing Birmingham’s relegation at the end of the 2013/2014 season. Zigic rescued the team from a 2-0 score line with just 12 minutes to go to deliver the tie they required to stay up.
The news that Wenger is looking for another forward comes as a surprise to many, particularly after he released a statement on Tuesday saying, “We have plenty of players at centre forward. In England as soon as you have a problem, people want you to buy.”
Giroud suffered a serious ankle injury in the last few minutes of Saturday’s game against Everton, just after scoring the equaliser.
“I still don’t understand how he did it,” said Arsenal manager Wenger. “The problem, I think, is his tibia. He over-stretched his ankle that way. It was on the ball, not a contact.”
It looks unlikely that Giroud will be back on the pitch before January but Zigic’s arrival would certainly help boost Arsenal’s attack in the meantime.