Don’t get me wrong, Alexis Sanchez’s signing is a big one but do we need an out and out striker to compete with the Chilean and Olivier Giroud?
Alexis’ overall performance against Everton was certainly nothing to rave about but parts of his game were exciting. His speed, skill and tenacity will scare defenders, and when he’s the last man he should start to take advantage of some threaded through balls from Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey who are yet to hit top gear.
But, like Theo Walcott, is Alexis best utilized on the wing and should we be looking for a better option up front? Giroud produced a brilliant performance when he came on, some solid hold up play and he worked the channels nicely. But we cannot go another season relying on him and the unproven, Diaby-esk Yaya Sanogo.
I can hear some of you saying, “what about Joel Campbell?” The reality with the youngster is he’s not going to be a better option than the world class Alexis, not yet anyway. And like Theirry Henry and RvP before him, the Costa Rican needs to learn his trade at Arsenal from the wing. Lukas Podolski looks certain to depart this summer too.
Edison Cavani is reportedly on the market after falling down the pecking order at PSG. Wenger expressed his admiration of the Uruguayan star last summer when he was nearing an exit from Napoli and is the type of striker we need. Someone who has a ruthlessness about him, an out and out striker who knows how to score.
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Gooners have been calling for us to sign Marco Reus, but he’s still not the player we need. Play Alexis on the left, The Ox or Theo on the right and a Cavani type of striker ahead of Ozil and we’re away laughing. Giroud will still be heavily involved and can come on later and take advantage of tired legs with his strength and continually improving moment.
We can certainly not disregard Alexis as a central striker, and should Wenger not buy another forward he has obviously seen enough of him in training to believe he can do a job. But Lukas Podolski failed to lead the line despite previously doing so in his career, let’s hope the former Barcelona star does not suffer a similar fate in Arsenal colours.
Still believe a defensive midfielder who can cover as a centre back is a priority signing, but a dedicated centre forward will go a long way in making the attack a force to reckon with. However I doubt Wenger will look to better Giroud, he rates his compatriot very highly – hopefully he surprises us all.
Do you agree?