While Liverpool have strengthened their attack with an outrageous catch of Italian Mario Balotelli from AC Milan, they have again joined the English elite having two star strikers in their ranks. While Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool have two deadly strikers up-front, Arsenal like their London neighbors Chelsea are relying on one decent striker. When Alexis Sanchez arrived at the Emirates it was thought that the Gunners’ boss might play him with the main man upfront, however it is the right wing role that is best suited to the Chilean.
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Giroud scored 16 goals last season still he was under major criticism as on the basis of relativeness. While he guided 15+ goals which are more than decent for any striker, he come short against teams that were sitting above Arsenal in the Premier League table. However against the mid-table teams, he was more than effective for the Gunners and this is where he silenced his critics.
Olivier Giroud failed to score any goal against the top 4 last season.
Giroud started the last season with a bang and after scoring in each of the first 4 matches for Arsenal, the Frenchman form hit a dump. So when the big boys came calling at the turn of year, Arsenal who have enjoyed a decent 1st half last season slumped to 4th and the matters could have been worse after Ramsey injury who compensated for the absence of Giroud goals against the big teams.
Apart from Spurs, Giroud failed to score against any of the top 7 team last season.
While Yaya Sanogo had been on the scene since his hat-trick against the Benefica side in the Emirates Cup, it would be un-wise to put the whole burden on the youngster. Keeping in mind the traits of world class strikers, Sanogo is lacking what needs to be a killer instinct in-front of goal which has been justified by the time he took to score his 1st Arsenal goal. So whenever or If Giroud gets himself injured in the long-run, Yaya Sanogo might not be a game changer against the big sides keeping in mind his in-experience.
Yaya Sanogo, Arsenal 2nd choice striker, just had 1 shot on target in 8 matches last season remaining goal-less throughout.
So as Liverpool have shown their cards with Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea all having world class strikers at their disposal, it might now become an obligation for the Gunners boss to splash the cash as the last nine days of this transfer window now might well decide where Arsenal will finish at the end of this season Premier League.
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yes we need a striker :/ReplyDelete