Arsenal’s fanbase have their ideas clear and sorted: Arsenal need a pacy, creative and a good finisher upfront to mirror the best of Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez on the pitch. The unreal pace level raised because of the latter arrival at the Emirates, raises questions on whether we need another striker.
Last year, the forward area was the most ‘problematic’ and the most discussed, this way causing both positive and negative impressions and opinions about our main striker Olivier Giroud.
The target man, despite being overused and put on a huge responsibility, managed to adapt and resist pretty well, providing 21 goals this campaign.
Wenger told to the press: “Upfront we don’t need anymore”. He also stated Sanchez is a “modern striker”, that way hinting of a possible centre play for the talented Chilean.
The ace card hidden under Wenger’s sleeve, undisputedly has to be the promising Costa Rican – Joel Campbell. After having a splendid performance in the World Cup, he has become the fans’ new talisman, impatiently waiting to see him perform in an Arsenal shirt.
Positive alert coming from the Arsenal’s U-21 as well. Chuba Akpom silently has confirmed he will fight for a spot in the starting XI, serving an impressive performance in the pre-season friendly against Boreham Wood.
Akpom possesses everything a complete striker aims for: speed, great decision-making, great long effort shots and some ‘Neymaresque’ dribbling ability. He can be a very efficient back-up to Giroud and Campbell.
The last but not least important on the options list: Yaya Sanogo. The Frenchman has struggled to get the first goal for Arsenal and yet he has had the boss confidence, giving him chances of play in crucial matches against big teams such as Bayern Munich in Champions League and Liverpool.
Sanogo possesses a great positioning, often getting into perfect shooting positions making it tough for the defenders, but what he lacks is the ability to convert. A one-season loan to a Premier League team will result highly beneficial for the young Frenchman.
As the boss likes to say, it’s not about numbers, it’s about quality. The quality has reached a high level at the moment and the fans should not feel agitated with the decision to not add another striker.
A frontline with the likes of Sanchez, Lukas Podolski, Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain, Cambpell, Theo Walcott, Serge Gnabry and Giroud means depth and rotation providing flexibility in Arsenal’s play, making it hard for the opponents to decode it.
The phenomenon of having different goalscorers in the team has not been unseen, with an incredibly in-form Aaron Ramsey, elegant Tomas Rosicky and the partnership of wonders Per Mertesacker – Laurent Koscielny, both involved in crucial goals.
Therefore, if Arsenal experience a season without injuries, those elements will be vital once again this season. It is likely that Wenger might use the classic 4-4-2 which resulted successful in Wembley.
A partnership duo upfront consisting of Alexis and Olivier can lead to an immediate chemistry on the pitch as both are very different based on their characteristics as players.
Giroud is physically strong, clever, great on aerial duels and his link up play has improved massively. Alexis is incredibly fast, a good dribbler, creative and precise on one-on-one situations.
Based on this theory, Wenger may be right (as always) to not add another striker this summer.
Keep calm and trust Arsene!