Olivier Giroud made the headlines on Sunday after a well taken brace in Arsenal’s 7-o pre-season win over the Indonesia Dream Team, and after a summer filled with speculation surrounding possible future striking targets, a familiar feeling has arisen that Arsene Wenger could continue to keep faith in his current crop of players rather than spending money to reinforce.
The French striker enjoyed a relatively successful first season in England, although it took him awhile to break his Arsenal duck he finished the season as Wenger’s first choice centre forward and a healthy 17 goals. Arsenal fans have been crying out for the signing of star striker such as Gonzalo Higuain who seemed close to sealing a move to Emirates however that deal is currently up in the air. Many Gooners had hoped this summer would be different, however there is still a worry times may in fact not change.
While there is still a lot of time left until the transfer window slams shut, Wenger’s recent history of continuing to trust his players who have often failed to produce at the highest level instead of spending cash. This has led to a lack of quality, established talent competing for places in the past and could hamper next season’s hopes of silverware.
After Sunday’s performance, Wenger revealed his admiration for Giroud:
I like Olivier very much. He had his first year, he scored 17 goals in all competitions and he needed to adapt. I am sure he will be even stronger next season.
His comments cannot be read into too much, but it does beg the question as to whether Wenger will again forgo strengthening the frontline as he did in January and choosing to rely on Giroud, Podolski and Walcott as striking options.
New signing Yaya Sanogo and youngster Chuba Akpom provide interesting options for the early Capital One Cup matches but it is clear to everyone Arsenal need a Robin van Persie-esk striker, someone who has been bossing it at the highest level for sometime and can deliver the goods on the biggest stage. Not saying Giroud is no good, he just needs competition and shouldn’t be an automatic pick.
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What do you think Gooners? Do you think Wenger will continue using his usual methods and continue to develop Giroud into a world class striker or will be finally bite the bullet and smash the clubs transfer record?