Arsene Wenger has hinted that there may be no forward signings this January, as he doesn’t believe there are any players out there better than the ones he has at his disposal. The Frenchman insists there are no players available that are better than Danny Welbeck, and that he’d much rather have the England international fit and back in action rather than having to make any more signings this January.
This is not likely to impress the majority of Arsenal fans very much, who would much rather see another marquee signing this winter. Despite Wenger’s comments, we need another forward, as many of the current crop are squad players at best.
You could argue that Alexis Sanchez is the only wide-man with real undeniable world class quality, although the rest of the squad may have something to say about that. Theo Walcott has obviously shown his quality at times, although arguably more as a forward than a winger. His defensive deficiencies are often clear to see, and you’d argue he’s just too inconsistent. The same goes for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is yet to show any form of consistency or even any real end product. He’s got unbelievable potential, but we can’t pin our title hopes on potential, and until he starts producing on a regular basis we just can’t rely on him.
Bizarrely, it’s Joel Campbell who has shown the most promise in recent weeks, combining high defensive work-rate with flashes of brilliance going forward and even the odd goal. Whether he has the quality to be a regular starter for Arsenal in the long-term is questionable, but he’s definitely making a case for himself at the moment.
Welbeck has all the physical attributes to be fantastic inside forward, with pace and power in seemingly limitless supply. His off the ball runs and finishing are absolutely atrocious though, and his footballing brain is questionable at best.
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All these players have real quality and are definitely good enough to play for a top four team, but are they good enough to be starting every week? Or are they squad players who we could potentially bench in favour of a world class forward?
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Personally, I’m a huge fan of the Ox and Theo, while Joel Campbell is quickly growing on me. But I’m not delusional enough to think we can’t improve on any of them.