After rescuing Arsenal a point at the weekend Olivier Giroud is, at the time of writing, almost certainly facing a long spell on the sidelines ahead of him. Despite not being selected as Arsenal’s No.1 striker so far this season the predicted 3 months that he is expected to spend on the injury list is more than any top side can deal with, so Arsene Wenger will need to dip back in to the transfer funds to sign another player up top.
Yes we have Sanogo. Yes we have Joel Campbell. Even Sanchez can play up top. But no-one that has any proven Premier League goal-scoring record, and that is something Arsenal can not afford to lose out on again. I still think that if Arsenal had a striker capable of scoring on a regular basis they could have lifted the trophy last year, rather than tailing off in the second half of the season. And that was with Giroud at the front, now imagine it with someone who’s barely played any games in English football?
Despite being linked with a wide variety of striking talent over the past three years and it pains me that there still isn’t a World Class striker leading our attack. We play very nice, pleasing football but sometimes someone lurking in the box and nicking a goal is what is needed. Aaron Ramsey has been filling those boots for a while now but it remains to be seen whether he can keep it up for a whole season, and the longer we wait for a top striker the more pressure there will be.
It looks like we’ve left it too late to sign both Balotelli and Benzema, and the most likely candidate to replace Giroud seems to be QPR’s Loic Remy who does have a decent record; however isn’t quite the level we would need for a regular Arsenal starter.
If we sign Remy it would do for the time being, but the injury to Giroud has highlighted just how desperate Arsenal are for a new man at the head of the attack.