The Gunners are becoming to reliant on Van Persie to finish the superb balls from Gervinho, Walcott and Ramsey etc, so I have compiled 5 legible, decent reasons for Arsenal to purchase another star striker in the January transfer window to bring some sort of hope of silverware.
Wenger has described the Gunners captain as ‘running in the red’ so he will used sparingly over the next month with tough matches coming up against Manchester City and Aston Villa. There will also come a time when he will not produce goals week in, week out so there needs to be other options which leads me onto point two…
The Moroccan and South Korean international’s are just not ‘cutting the mustard’ so to speak. This may be a result of minimal first team game time, however they are just not producing when they are given a shot. Park did have a decent game against Bolton in the Carling Cup last month, however has failed to make an impact at other times and Chamakh seems the preferred option when it comes to Premier League action.
Chamakh is rumoured to be on his way in January after a poor year, he demonstrated real quality upon his arrival in 2010, but lost his way in 2011. Wenger has said he doesn’t want to sell, but a few French clubs are reportedly keen so why not Wenger? Park is only at the club until 2013 before he leaves for military duty, so he is nothing more than a short-term last minute purchase from Wenger.
Wenger has always stressed that there are options in attack when Van Persie requires rest, we’ve already covered Chamakh, however the Frenchman has highlighted that we have the talented Gervinho that can play centre-forward if required. However come January these two attacking options make their to the African’s Nations Cup meaning that not only will they miss all of January but may pick up injuries or require some decent rest after the intensive tournament.
Another one of these ‘attacking options’ is the young Englishman Theo Walcott who has still yet to transition to an out and out striker just yet. Wenger has plans to do so, however Walcott has yet to be tested in a professional match in this position so I can’t really see the pacy winger deputizing for Van Persie if required. Fingers crossed that Wenger doesn’t result to using Arshavin up front again like a couple of seasons back, that was just plain painful.
The Gunners just don’t have a quality striking partnership if required in the latter stages of the match or to provide variety in formation. Often if the Gunners are behind Chamakh will be brought on to help Van Persie up front, however the pair just don’t seem to gel. If another star striker is purchased then there is the potential for reverting to the 4-4-2 formation when times get tough or if teams are on the all out defence.
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What are your thoughts fellow Gooners? Comment below with your opinion and some ideas of potential strikers we should buy.