When Arsenal clashed with Fulham yesterday one of the contests on show was to be Olivier Giroud versus Dimitar Berbatov. They were at opposite ends of the field but both knew that Arsene Wenger will have his eye on them, equally some might suggest.
Giroud, because he needs to continue his fine vein of form and keep scoring to keep the Gunners clear of the rampaging Manchester City.
Berbatov because he could be Wenger’s surprise January transfer move.
The Arsenal manager has so far denied any interest in the Bulgarian who once was an integral part of Manchester United’s arsenal, only to find his laid back style finally falling short of Sir Alex Ferguson’s needs.
Berbatov, on his day and when he does turn up, is sublime and up there with the very best.
He could offer Wenger the chance for a cut-price January deal given that Fulham are struggling with all the managerial and official changes they have faced and Berba could end the season a Premier League winner.
Wenger believes Santi Cazorla is back to his best after he scored his first Premier League goals in two months to keep his side top of the table.
The Arsenal manager, feels that the player's two-goal display in Saturday's 2-0 victory over Fulham at the Emirates Stadium provided confirmation that he is ready to play a key role in his side's title bid.
"He was out for a long time at the start of the season and had some injury problems. After that he had an ankle problem and only recently, since mid-December, has he come back to his level," said Wenger.
"When you play in your opponents' half, in the final third, he is one of the players who can create something special, either through his pass or through his finishing. He is two-footed, and that makes him very dangerous."
Cazorla linked superbly with Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud to put Arsenal ahead in the 57th minute before pouncing on a weak clearance five minutes later to rifle home the second.
Wenger added: "Wilshere is getting sharper now as well and he was at the start of many moves with little bursts to speed up our game."
The manager remained tight-lipped on suggestions he is eyeing a move for Juventus forward Mirko Vucinic in the January transfer window, although he conceded that he was hoping to strengthen his squad.
"We are looking at potential possibilities for us to get someone in, but we are not especially in for Vucinic," he told reporters.
"We are not on any special case. I would love to announce something that would excite you and me, but I don't have the possibility to do it."
With or without reinforcements, Wenger declared himself satisfied with his side's progress.