“…What I fear most has happened to me…” is a cliche Arsenal fans would at this stage like to borrow from Mr. Job in the Bible. Nicklas Bendtner and Theo Walcott’s injuries are no longer breaking news. What breaks our hearts is the fact that we will not see the number 14 jersey on the field throughout the season again.
Coupled with the fact that our back-up striker is also out for about a month, the fears have greatly doubled about the ability of Olivier Giroud to lead the charge for the rest of the season (people forget that he played 36 out of 38 matches for his former club before his transfer to Arsenal).
Buying a new striker to help Giroud out has since become the national anthem for most Arsenal-related media houses, blogs etc. This call might be justified given the fact that we are short upfront. However, the question I feel the media and fans alike have refused to critically and sincerely ask is…
1. Who do we buy? Of course, names have been popping up here and there but the question remains are we just buying quantity or quality. If its because of the former, which I personally wont subscribe to, then we can as well go ahead and sign every Tom, Dick and Harry that PES or FIFA14 tags as a striker. However, if its for the quality, it then leads me to the second question…
2. At this stage of the season, which top club will want sell any of their strikers? When we talk of QUALITY strikers, you and I know that the supply is limited and given the period of the season, the supply is virtually non-existent. Would you expect Real Madrid to sell to us Benzema? or Atletico to sell to us Diego Costa? Lets just forget the issue of Rooney, Suarez, Aguero and more so as not to raise any unexisting hope. However, if you know of any QUALITY striker that his club will be willing to sell NOW please let me know. (Don’t tell me everything has a price because that’s not true.)
Arsenal fans are of course the most emotional fans that I know of but we are also good at making a mountain out of an anthill. I am not of the opinion that we shouldn’t buy a new quality striker even if these injuries had not occurred. My fears however is what I have explained above.
That we are beset with a lot of injuries to our forwards shouldn’t lead us to press the panic button and in desperation buy what the same fans would later call “deadwood”.
People have forgotten that we have both Gnabry and Oxlade Chamberlain who can easily fill in for Theo on the right wing and Podolski who can also play as a CF. Don’t forget that we could switch to use a false 9 formation in which any of our attacking mids can slot into. Be reminded also that Bendtner returns next month (and he has been a good back up striker regardless of what you think of him. Check his goal conversion rate to the amount of games he plays). Before you ask me what my rant is all about, let me tell you in clear words: we should not buy just for buying sake if the new man is not better than the ones we already have.
I would be happy if we can get a Suarez or an Aguero type of striker but the truth is they are unavailable. So what do we as fans do? Trust the management to do the best for the team (if a striker is bought, fine if not then all well and good) , support any player that the manager puts out on the field to play for the club and as I always say KEEP THE FAITH.
Editor’s Note: QPR’s Loic Remy could be a good option, he’s proven he can score especially for Newcastle this season. What are your thoughts Gooners? He would be a better option than loaning Madrid’s Morata for the rest of the season.