Arsenal forward Theo Walcott recently claimed that he believed our current options up front are on-par, or better than, the Invincible squad (via the Mirror).
As ridiculous as that sounded at first, our current options in the forward-line are the envy of many and given that we could comfortably let the likes of Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell go out on loan, the envy is understandable.
Arsene Wenger might be leaning towards Walcott’s opinion too following our emphatic win against rivals Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
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The boss claimed that he could now “smell goals” (via Arsenal.com) from his squad and the offensive performance at the weekend gave many that feeling. It looked like everyone of our attacks would produce another goal.
As we stormed our way to the league in 2004, that infamous side ended the campaign with 73 goals which is a tally Wenger’s current forward line could potentially surpass.
62 goals is the amount we’re registered this season and with eight games remaining, exceeding 73 goals is a realistic aim.
This Arsenal squad may not have a lethal finisher such as Henry, but there is a reason why he is regarded as one of the greatest forwards ever – there will probably never be another player like him.
Wenger has seemingly favoured the scoring burden to be shared among his squad over the pas 10 years and his current crop is doing that better than their rivals. We have had 15 different goal-scorers this season, more than any other side (via the Premier League).
The likes of Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud currently lead the charts in terms of scoring goals for the club and rank among the best in the division. One key comparison between the two sides though is their respective chief creators. When Arsenal paid Real Madrid £42.4m (via BBC Sport), the feeling inside the club may have been that Dennis Bergkamp’s heir apparent had arrived.
Mesut Ozil has been earmarked as this team’s conductor and leader over the next few years and is finally starting to show signs of living up to the promise – never more so than against Liverpool.
Our options up front are clearly more varied than at anytime during Wenger’s tenure, but in order for there to be a realistic comparison between the two sides, this current crop have to deliver on their ability and bring home the Premier League trophy.