Arsenal’s next striker? Post by Rory Capel
Oliver Giroud is a good player, but he is not the world class striker Arsenal need, he misses a large amount of chances, he has one of the worst goal conversion rates for a striker in the premier league, and what really irritates me in particular is how he whines if he loses the ball or misses a shot, rather than just getting on with the game.
Looking at the stats, we need a player who is going to have a great goal to game ratio, someone who makes use of every chance, testing our oppositions goalkeeper and defense the whole time. Obviously when we bought Giroud, we hoped he would be this player, as he was the equal leading goal scorer in France last season, however even though he was leading scorer in France, he did only score 21 goals in 36 games, which is quite impressive, but we need someone that is going to be right up there.
Recently all the talk has been about Jovetic, I quite like him, he is quite a creative player, but the £28 million price tag is ridiculous, and he’s not the clinical striker we need, with 12 goals in 24 games, not hugely better than Giroud’s 9 league goals in 27 games. I don’t think he is the striker for us.
The player that has been heavily linked to Manchester United, Robert Lewondowski, has a great record for Dortmund, 19 goals in 23 games, as well as providing 5 assists for his teammates. If he keeps up that form he would be fantastic for Arsenal, and I think he could top the goal scoring table in England.
Edinson Cavani is a fantastic player, having the pace to take the ball past players as well as having an aerial presence. He is the striker I would love to have at Arsenal, his range of ability would help him blend into the style of the premier league. He has scored 20 goals in 26 games for Napoli, along with a few assists and I am sure he could do even better in the premier league.
In the Portuguese league, Porto striker Jackson Martinez is having a great season, scoring 23 goals in 23 games. A very good record, though it is the Portuguese league which does not have the quality opposition which the premier league does. However he is a player that should be watched by Arsenal as he has shown he can be a clinical striker throughout this year.
Luis Suarez, a player we all know, and we all hate playing against. He is a player that we may not like, but his ability can’t be faulted, scoring 22 goals, and getting 8 assists in 29 games, leaving him in a likely position to take Van Persie’s title as the top goal scorer in the premier league. He is already adapted to the premier league, and would work brilliantly at Arsenal. If he can score that many at Liverpool, there is no doubt he would do the same, If not better for Arsenal.
Who do you think should be our next striker? And what price tags will we be looking at?