The Gunners are now seven points behind Tottenham Hotspurs after tonight’s 2-1 loss at White Hart Lane deflated a battling Arsenal side.
Two defensive lapses condemned Arsenal to sit even further behind rivals Spurs, despite Mertesacker’s attempts to make amends by nodding home from a Theo Walcott corner to reduce the deficit.
While the conceded goals were defensive mistakes that led to Bale and Lennon to stroll in on Szczesny unmarked, both instances attributed to Jenkinson failing to step up alongside his team mates and new signing Monreal not tracking his runner. Both shouldn’t happen, but the more pressing issue that infuriated me was up front.
I’ve always been an admirer of Giroud. His attitude is spot on, he works hard, supports his team mates and attempts to score whenever he can. Yet his decision making in on goal is very questionable and movement is just not good enough for an Arsenal side that like to play the ball on the ground.
I’m not saying he doesn’t have a future with Wenger’s side, but the Gunners MUST spend at least £20+m on a top drawer striker. A proven goal scorer who can score out of nothing, quick agile and devastating. While stating ‘£20+m’ may seem like I am suggesting money buys success, it is more to iterate that the top class, number one transfer targets should be brought in that can make a difference straight away, not the poor man’s version eg: Gervinho instead of Hazard, Eisfeld for Gotze.
Theo Walcott is not yet the finished article through the middle yet but he provides options, for the next fixture he deserves another stab up front in place of his French team mate.
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David Villa has been heavily linked recently, and while he will be in his prime for at least one season his age is always going to be an issue. He is though a plaster for the bullet wound that was Van Persie’s departure. Someone in the mould of Cavani or Falcao would be a dream come true, but a necessary acquisition if the Gunners want to get out of the awful rut they find themselves in.