With Welbeck out till March ( practically out for the whole of next season ), we only have Giroud and Sanogo ( if he remains at the club ) to call upon in the striker department. Signing a striker this summer is simply a must if Arsene Wenger doesn’t want the fans to turn on him once again.
Unfortunately, according to reports Alexandre Lacazette who has been one of the players Arsenal have been linked the most this summer said to be set to reject Arsenal and pen a new deal at Lyon making him the highest ever paid player in the club’s history.
Lacazette has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates all summer and it seemed as though a deal for the French forward to take him to the Gunners was a case of when not If it was happening. However in a dramatic turn of events, it seems Lacazette has rejected the chance to join up Arsene Wenger at Arsenal and has instead opted to remain in France with Lyon.
If Lacazette has indeed turned down Arsenal, it leaves Arsene Wenger with only Oliver Giroud and Yaya Sanogo as his recognised forwards at the club, a situation which is likely to anger the Gunners faithful.
Manchester United have Marcus Rashford and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Manchester City have Sergio Aguero, Chelsea have Diego Costa, even Everton have Lukaku, who have Arsenal got? Giroud…
Arsene’s reluctancy to splash the cash on essential areas in the side over the past decade has left the club falling short behind the likes of Manchester United, City and Chelsea in the pecking order. One can only imagine if Arsenal had brought in a genuine world class forward, central midfielder and centre back, I doubt they would still be sitting on just three Premier League Titles.
Yes the cheque book has come out on the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexsis Sanchez, but were the duo the only players Arsenal needed? No they were not. For years now Arsenal have lacked the true presence of a world class striker, an out and out goal scorer who can almost guarantee you 25 goals plus a season. Everyone knows it bar Arsene and his seeming reluctancy to do something about it has cost Arsenal dear. Wenger’s excuse has been that there is a dearth of strikers in world football at the moment, this is right but seriously, was there never someone better than Bendtner all those years or is there no one better than Giroud?
The same can be said for Central Midfield, Diaby, Song, Denilson, Frimpong, along with others round off the endless list of shocking midfielders we have had to endure over the years, but yet Arsene remains defiant that is central midfield doesn’t need fixing. Although he has now sorted it with the emergency of Francis Coquelin and the recent signing of Granit Xhaka but truth be told, it is bad management that we had to wait for so long.
If Lacazette becomes the latest star to snub the Gunners, it leaves Arsenal with a major issue as we head into another new Premier League campaign. If Giroud gets injury or loses form, as he often does then we are surely doomed.
Signing Jamie Vardy would have solved all our striker problem but he rejected us and exposed the Arsenal’s incompetence. It is glaringly obvious that Arsenal had all their eggs in the striker front on Jamie Vardy deal coming through and when it failed, they have no PLAN B. Like was the case last summer with the chase of Karim Benzema.