If one was to conduct a survey among Arsenal fans as to which position’s they would like to see strengthened; goalkeeper, defensive midfielder and striker would’ve almost certainly been the most popular answers.
After Arsene Wenger addressed one of our deficiencies by somehow managing to pull off a deal for Petr Cech, the strength of our squad is almost complete.
In terms of the holding midfield conundrum, there seems to be an acceptance among fans that Francis Coquelin has done enough to keep his place, but any injury to him would see us fall into an avoidable predicament.
And now, reports are suggesting that we have our eye on Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema – as journalist Kike Marin explains below. With the Frenchman looking to be heading for the exit, Wenger’s dream of assembling a title-winning may almost be complete.
— Kike Marin** (@Kike_Marin_) July 5, 2015
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Chelsea lasting the distance in the previous campaign was largely down the form shown by Diego Costa in the first half of the season, which gave the Blues a comfortable lead over their rivals.
After failing to last the distance in the 2013/14 campaign, Mourinho repeatedly spoke of the need to add a “killer” striker to his squad (via BBC Sport).
Olivier Giroud has worked incredibly hard for us over the past few years, but one wouldn’t necessarily describe him as a ‘killer striker’.
Benzema is exactly that and also has qualities in his game matched by only a few strikers in the world. The 27-year-old can fashion a chance on his own and can also beat his man with mercurial skills.
One of Giroud’s criticisms was his over-reliance on service, Benzema cannot be accused of such a thing.
Wenger surely realises that our league title drought stems back to the days of Thierry Henry, the last ‘killer’ striker we had in our ranks.
Hopefully, the boss can add this one ingredient which can paper over so many cracks and lead us to Premier League glory.