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A new striker is unquestionably a top priority for Arsenal this summer, a fact Arsene Wenger doesn’t dispute. The Frenchman recently confirmed that he was looking at number of targets, and would be doing his best to bring a new forward to the club this summer (via The Guardian).
We’ve needed a top quality striker signing for years, with Olivier Giroud definitely not able to lead the line on his own at all times. Danny Welbeck has proved a decent option, but even before his latest lengthy injury we needed reinforcements. The former Manchester United man’s spell on the sidelines only increases our need for a striker this summer, and if we don’t bring someone in then we could be facing real problems next season.
Wenger admits that we are desperately in need, but stresses that he’s only looking to sign players of the highest quality.
“We will have to try [to sign a new striker],” he said.
“It will not, ideally, be someone just to make up the numbers. When you buy you want to buy top strikers. There is an international shortage. We need to find the right person but we have targets and hopefully we can do that.”
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While for the most part you have to agree with Wenger that we need top quality, we’ve unfortunately heard this line before. The manager wants top quality but has in the past been unwilling to pay for it, and when top quality isn’t available instead he signs nobody.
We aren’t necessarily going to get someone like Luis Suarez, Karim Benzema, Robert Lewandowski, or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer, and if they aren’t up for sale then that doesn’t lessen our need for a striker.
While not ideal we might need to settle for someone on a slightly lower level, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be a real success. Just because a player doesn’t ply his trade with Bayern Munich, Barcelona, or Real Madrid, it doesn’t mean he isn’t capable of great things.
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If Wenger fails to bring a striker to the club this summer, or even worse, settles for an unknown and totally unproven French youngster, then there will be riots.