Wenger must look beyond Sanogo and Giroud for striking options by SE
It’s absolutely ludicrous on the part of Jamie Carragher to question Arsenal’s striking and goal-keeping options, ahead of the new season. In his interview to Daily Mail, in which he talks about the chances of various Premier League title contenders, the former Liverpool defender was quoted ‘cynical’ of Arsenal’s chances of winning the Premier League this season. Now, this article isn’t going to reflect on what the delusional Sky Sports pundit has had to say, but introspectively, shouldn’t Wenger be looking at other striking options beyond the French duo of Sanogo and Giroud?
Let’s face it: Wenger has brought in Sanchez for his versatility; And, in Walcott and Podolski, Wenger has two players who can be used as strikers. I also think that if Wenger wants to challenge for the Premier League title and other big honors during the season – he has to look at ways of using the trio of Podolski, Walcott and Sanchez as strikers – despite the presence of Sanogo and Giroud as primary striking options.
And mind you, Wenger looks all set to deploy the 4-3-3 system, as he showed in the FA Community Shield win over Man City last weekend. If he is to play 4-3-3, and he’s keen on wanting to play his best players in as many games as possible, using one of the aforementioned trio as a striker could be the only way to go about it. Walcott, once he returns from injury, can’t play alongside Ozil and Sanchez in Wenger’s 4-3-3 system if he is to play as a winger.
I am not saying Wenger should discard Giroud and Sanogo and straightaway opt for one of the aforementioned three, but he really has to give it a thought. Moreover, it’s Wenger’s squad rotation policy, along with consistent results that will win Arsenal the Premier League title.
Sanchez, for me, would be a straightforward candidate to lead the line for Arsenal, with Walcott and Ozil playing on his left and right-hand-side respectively.
Playing 4-3-3, as well as utilizing one of Podolski, Sanchez and Walcott as strikers, can only do Arsenal a whole lot of good, and Wenger needs to take it into consideration.