Arsene Wenger has claimed Walcott’s season-ending injury has accelerated his interest in the transfer market, with the Gunners suffering for options in the attacking department.
Olivier Giroud remains the number one centre forward with Lukas Podolski the only other fit senior forward in the squad. Nicklas Bendtner is currently recovering from an ankle injury and will be back in three weeks.
Walcott played a starring role up front when he sustained his injury and would have been hoping for more action up top. Wenger isn’t as concerned with the absence of missing Theo on the wing as he is with the lack of options up top thanks to the form of Serge Gnabry and the return of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Wenger has confirmed he is on the look for a signing up top but is finding it difficult.
The Arsenal boss told Arsenal Player:
[Walcott’s injury] has accelerated speculation first and of course my desire as well – but let’s not forget about Serge Gnabry who can play in the first team.
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We have Oxlade-Chamberlain back and we have many other players who can play on the flanks so to find better solutions than what we have internally will not be easy.
Up front we lose Theo as a potential central forward and that’s maybe where we have to look outside. But we hopefully have Bendtner back in three weeks. We are there for the opportunities but it’s very difficult at the moment.
Wenger has little choice but to dip into the market especially if the Frenchman wants to challenge on all fronts. Relying on Giroud is not a good idea especially after we have already witnessed him suffer a dip in form and sustain an injury last month.
The Gunners have been linked with a new name everyday, however the likes of Remy, Martinez, Berbatov and Morata are the most heavily linked of late. Morata seems a strange option, he would be part of a loan deal, he’s not an established first team name and has never played in England. Remy seems the most likely and perhaps my preferred option, he can also play out wide.
Realistically however Wenger will most likely field Podolski as Giroud’s backup or Ozil as a false nine and wait for Bendtner to regain fitness. Might not be the best option but we will struggle to get a Diego Costa or Karim Benzema this winter.
What are your thoughts Gooners? Who do you think we should buy this January?