I can understand that Arsene Wenger feels that Arsenal and our challenge for the Premier League title has received a huge boost with the return from injury of Alexis Sanchez. Indeed the Chile international forward outlined his importance to the cause in his very first start at the weekend by getting an assist, a goal and a well deserved Man of the Match award.
But he cannot do it alone and with the Gunners fighting on the three fronts of the league, the FA cup and the Champions League, Alexis is going to need a lot of help. The January transfer window has given the boss a great opportunity to add the fire power that could guarantee success but it appears that the Frenchman does not think we need any more.
Is he banking on Danny Welbeck to have become a top class finisher during the long spell on the sidelines? Because the recent stats from our other two main forwards have been nowhere near good enough to encourage me that the Gunners have enough ammunition.
Walcott has not scored a goal this year, despite having many chances provided by the likes of Mesut Ozil. The flying forward fluffed a golden chance against Burnley and that is pretty typical of what he has been doing lately. His last goal was a peach and it came at a crucial time as we faced EPL rivals Man City but that was back on December 21st.
And Olivier Giroud, the main man up front for Wenger, has not done much better, especially when you consider the service he gets. Two goals against Liverpool a couple of weeks ago is all well and good but remember that he managed to miss a sitter from about two yards out in the same game, a game we ended up drawing.
Giroud’s only other goal in the last eight games came in the FA cup win over Sunderland and it was a tap in from a pinpoint Bellerin cross. Do these stats suggest to you that Arsenal have enough fire power or has Wenger let us down in the transfer market once again?