Paul Merson believes Arsene Wenger may have destroyed our season through his inactivity this January, and suggests the Frenchman’s inability – or refusal – to sign a striker could well cost us the title, according to Sky Sports.
Since practically the first game, this season looked to be our best chance of lifting the Premier League trophy in years. The reigning Champions have been struggling badly – yet still managed to do the double over us – while teams like Manchester United and Liverpool are drastically underperforming. The fact that Leicester City are leading the pack says a lot about the shape of the Premier League at the moment, and Manchester City looked likely to be our only stiff competition.
After a solid start to the campaign though, injuries and poor performances have slowly seen us slip down the table, and we’re now in that all too familiar fourth place. It’s a popular belief that a couple more signings over the summer – or even this January – would have practically guaranteed us the title, but as it stands we’re dangerously close to dropping out of the race once again.
Ex-Arsenal man turned pundit Paul Merson shares that belief, and thinks Arsene Wenger may well have screwed the pooch by not signing anybody else this winter. The signing of Mohamed Elneny has obviously made us more secure in midfield – although it arguably came five or six months too late – but we’re still badly short up front.
Merson believes we’re one injury away from disaster, and thinks our failure to sign a striker could prove a serious mistake.
“I was very disappointed Arsenal didn’t do more business on Deadline Day,” he said.
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“They needed a centre forward, they need to score goals.
All the clubs down the bottom signed strikers to help them avoid relegation, and it’s the same if you’re going for titles, you need to score goals.
“If Olivier Giroud gets injured, Arsenal are in major trouble in terms of winning the league.”
Wenger clearly has faith in Olivier Giroud, and despite the criticism he gets, the French forward does an excellent job. He unquestionably needs help though, and the manager can’t keep relying on players who have spent much of the season sidelined with injury. Suggesting that signings aren’t needed because we have Danny Welbeck is downright ridiculous, as the England international hasn’t played since last April, and Wenger was well aware of the former Manchester United man’s injury.
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There’s obviously no telling whether a signing or two would really have guaranteed us the league title, but you have to think we’d stand a far better chance with a world class striker leading the line. We’re big fans of Giroud here at All Arsenal, but we’re not delusional enough to think we can’t improve on him, or at the very least add some real competition to the team.