The striker situation at Arsenal has already been the matter of quite a bit of debate, for us fans and for those paid to talk about football and the Premier League. The problem is certainly not of the numerical variety, because even if Joel Campbell joins Lukas Podolski out the Emirates exit door, we would still have plenty of options.
They say you really need two players for each position and Arsenal have Giroud, Welbeck, Walcott, Alexis, Akpom, Sanogo and then there is Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gnabry who have often played in a wide forward role, not to mention Arsene Wenger’s tendency to put Ramsey, Wilshere, Ozil, Rosicky or Cazorla out there.
The problem for those that think the Gunners must sign a striker this summer is quality, but here lies another problem, highlighted by this interesting article in The Guardian. The essence of the report is that there are simply not nearly enough top quality strikers around and those that do exist are in serious demand.
Take Napoli’s ridiculous valuation of Gonzalo Higuain, for example. They would not even try to get away with that if there were a lot more options out there. So not only does Wenger have to identify a player that is significantly better than what we already have, he then has to compete with all the other clubs in Europe after a striker, including Man United, Man City and Liverpool and that is just England.
Look at Chelsea, forced to take a punt on Falcao. Look at City who have spent big money on the likes of Negredo and Jovetic without getting the results. Maybe Arsenal fans just need to be glad that we managed to get the brilliant Alexis Sanchez without too much trouble last summer. What do you think?