The Possible Answer for LW/ST? by AndrewAB
As many others have stated, LW/ST seems to be a real area of concern for Arsenal fans. I don’t think Jack or Santi are the answer for left wing & as good a job as Giroud does he doesn’t inspire the front line of a title winning side. The solution I pose is Marco Reus. Based on other posts across the site I don’t think I need to convince anyone that he’d be a fantastic signing but more importantly I think he could be exactly what we need at the moment.
By getting Reus we’d get a WC left winger with 42 goals and 39 assists in 94 matches. He not only has the ability to make that left side a fortress but also the ability to add some great penetration, goals and crosses which we clearly lacked in the most recent Crystal Palace game. Not to mention the fact that he has a killer shot & isn’t too bad on a dead ball. Furthermore, everyone may say we’d need to get a WC striker still and perhaps advise me that that’s where we need to strengthen but by signing Reus I’d disagree. A front three with Reus, Sanchez and Walcott (all interchanging roles to some extent or another based on performance) would undeniably be a goal-scoring extravaganza and all three have proven that they can deliver on the goal scoring front.
Now to the technical issues: Reus has recently rejected a new contract and the fees muted for him this summer has dropped considerably thanks to Bayern’s big mouth. So i believe a £30/35 million would certainly give Dortmund something to think about (Plus I don’t think any arsenal fan would mind paying that kind of money for a player of that quality). Furthermore, we could easily double his reported £60,000 wages, we have a great German presence here at arsenal, we have Rosicky and we have London. I think, at this time, we can offer him more than most teams can (even the Barca’s & Real Madrids) and he can certainly offer us plenty too!
I think the great struggle in most peoples minds is – with, as reports suggest, there is one marquee signing left, then should it be LW/ST or CDM? It’s difficult but to be honest if we got Carvalho and not Reus I wouldn’t be disappointed and if we got Reus but not Carvalho I equally would not be disappointed.
We are Arsenal and we manage our business the right way and I’m proud of that. We are not City so i don’t think we can hope to get a WC left wing at £30mill + and powerhouse CDM at £30mill + so i think we have to look at the bigger picture. Reus now and a strong CDM later or vice versa. Either acquisition will improve our team dramatically for the coming season and, when both positions are sorted, I struggle to think of a single team that could frighten us.
This is my first article so please go easy on me. I’m a Gunner like all of you – I love my club and I just want to share my opinion with all the other great fans of this club.
Many thanks and COYG!