Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has claimed Arsenal “must buy” this January in order to bolster the Gunners attacking options.
Olivier Giroud remains the club’s first choice centre forward, while Nicklas Bendtner remains in contention and both Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott providing options when fit.
Despite the current options, plus the ability to play Mesut Ozil in a false 9 position as he has recently for Germany, Gazidis has ambitiously stated they could look into the market this winter despite Wenger’s reluctance to buy in previous January’s.
He told L’Equipe newspaper:
We will see where Arsenal will be in January and whether or not the club will invest in another forward.
Olivier Giroud won’t be able to go on all alone until the end of the season. We need to buy.
Andrey Arshavin remains the club’s only noteworthy winter signing in recent years, he joined for a club record fee at the time. Despite smashing the record fee in the summer for Ozil, I struggle to see the Gunners financing a big money move for a top class striker.
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There will be little available on the market unless they can lure Robert Lewandowski or Diego Costa, which unfortunately remains unlikely. Perhaps a loan move or the purchase of United’s Javier Hernandez is a more likely scenario. Ideally we need someone local who is adapted to the Premier League if we want an immediate impact.
The likes of Llorente and Pato have the ability to be a hit, but would take time to imbed into English and Arsenal life.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho feels Wenger already has plenty of fire power at his disposal, the Portuguese boss said:
They have strikers. Giroud, Bendtner, Walcott and Podolski. I think two is enough when they have other solutions coming from other positions and the style of play that they have. I think the manager has to be happy with what he has.
Certainly when Podolski and Walcott return, Arsenal will have a far deeper squad and more options upfront and on the wings.
So far the Gunners have been lucky with Giroud’s fitness (touch wood), and he’s been in stellar form netting eight goals from 17 appearances in all competitions. He has been overworked, but that is how RvP became the clubs dominant striker – playing week in, week out.
Regardless of what happens in January, Giroud will remain the primary centre forward for the club, and any other striker that comes in will compete with the Frenchman but are more likely to offer something different. This is the type of strengthening we require.
While it is promising to hear Gazidis offer fans his assurance that he wants to buy in January, the Gunners will have enough depth to see the season through – a thought Wenger will also share. After the summer’s debacle with trying to lure in a centre forward, it will be easier said then done in January. But certainly a goal scoring, poacher-esk striker would not go amiss!