So, over the coming weeks and months, rumors are certain to be speculating how Arsenal will be in the market for a striker. One name has already popped up-that being Adrian Lopez, with some reports saying that Wenger tried to buy the Atletico Madrid striker ahead of Giroud’s arrival in the summer..
The Spanish international hitman has already been linked with a move to the Gunners in January but simply put, Arsenal doesn’t need a striker. Already having bought Giroud in the summer, I can’t see the need to bring in yet another striker, especially one that’s around the £15m mark. Even if Giroud doesn’t perform well this season, we have the back up needed from the likes of Gervinho, Chamakh and even Podolski who can switch to a more central striking position if Arsenal need him to do so. To comfort Arsenal supporters, the likes of Walcott likes the idea of playing further up the pitch and Wenger could do worse than to give him more opportunities to do so and hopefully persuade him to sign the new contract. Let’s not forget that both Van Persie and Henry started out as wingers.
Lopez then simply doesn’t make any sense to me. There’s no certainty that he would any better than any one of Arsenal’s existing players already and to top it off Giroud has the potential to be great. Yes, he’s only scored one League goal so far but anyone can score a lucky goal or a tap in during a season. What Arsenal fans should be happy with is his positioning on the pitch and especially in the box. He’s finding space and sucking in defenders which is allowing gaps.
Right now that hasn’t really paid off for him but it’s only a matter of time before he clicks with the rest of the team. But one thing is certain is that Wenger needs Giroud to play as much as possible to get in the rhythm of the team, but if he starts to believe that Arsenal are already trying to find a replacement for him in the centre-forward position then it will only destroy his fragile confidence even more.