Are you listening Arsene Wenger? If Arsenal fans are going to have more than a domestic cup to celebrate next summer, then you are going to have to listen to what the former Arsenal and France super striker Thierry Henry said about needing more than just Olivier Giroud up front next season.
That is the opinion of our Spanish midfield magician Santi Cazorla as well, according to a Metro report. But just as Henry claimed when he explained that he was talking about more competition rather than dumping what we already have, Cazorla was not having a go at Giroud but suggesting that the injury problems suffered by the big Frenchman and our England international striker Danny Welbeck, should have proved to the boss the need for more strength in depth.
Cazorla said, “Yes of course [Arsenal should sign a striker] because Danny had an injury.
“We had only Giroud up front. It’s better if we sign a new striker for the team and for the club.
“We want to be more regular. Last season we lost so many points against small teams at home – Hull City for example – and if we want to win the league we can’t lose those points.”
As well as agreeing with the Spaniard, I think that Wenger needs to listen to him. There have been Arsenal transfer rumours linking Santi with a return to La Liga amid interest from Barcelona and Atletico Madrid and one of the best ways of making sure he is not tempted is to assure him that he can win the Premier League with Arsenal.
Wenger himself outlined just how vital Cazorla is to the cause in a report on the official Arsenal website last week.
The manager said, “Santi Cazorla played over 50 games and from the start to the finish he was absolutely top. But everybody has been great.
“Maybe with the quality and the consistency included from start to finish, it’s Cazorla [who has stood out the most].
“He had a few games where he was unplayable. I do not look too much at his individual brilliance.
“He makes the others around him good and that’s an outstanding quality for a midfielder.”
And it is a quality that Arsenal cannot afford to lose, so how about Wenger giving him another Arsenal striker to create chances for?