Arsenal still have big concerns over struggling strikers

There was some good news for Arsenal from the current international break, most notably from the fact that no more injury problems have cropped up to affect the first team players available to Arsene Wenger for the rest of the Premier League matches.

However, the final round of international games have not done anything to ease the very serious concerns that many Arsenal fans have about our forwards and their chances of scoring the goals that Arsenal need to keep up the unlikely hunt for the EPL title.

A few Arsenal strikers were in action for their national sides but Alexis Sanchez, Joel Campbell, Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott all drew a blank and I was really hoping that these games might just provide a goal or two and a much needed boost to the confidence of our struggling strikers.

Giroud did score a good goal for France last week and I thought he would have earned another start against Russia but instead Deschamps left him on the bench and only brought him on at the end when all four of their goals had been scored. Walcott was also a sub for England in their defeat by Holland and he did show a few flashes of form in his half hour of play but not enough to suggest he is about to hit form for the Gunners.

Most worrying for me is that Alexis Sanchez did not score for Chile despite playing the full 90 minutes in a comfortable 4-1 win over Venezuela and you could say the same for Campbell in Costa Rica’s 3-0 win over Jamaica. So is it down to Danny Welbeck, who should be nice and fresh after not playing for England yesterday?

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  1. They scored or didn’t, I don’t care..leave them on the bench and reward our hungry players who wants to impress….Campbell is among..Iwobi is top of that list

  2. sorry Wenger doesn’t think so……….

    And of all the bunch of strikers we got at the moment, dhat guy seems to be the onLy one with a striker’s instinct ……(Tho he’s still an unfinished product and isn’t even world class yet)…the rest of em are just models

    The Likes of Everton, spurs and many other average teams have got something to boast about upfront!

    The reverse remains the case here!

    1. Kinda interesting that as soon as Welbz comes back fit and able to play most of a match then Giroud was dropped, that indicates that Wenger thinks we need better.

      Or do you mean this;

      Arsenal FC didn’t buy a CF so that MUST mean it is Wenger who decided that the players we have are good enough.

      That thinking is simplistic.

      Any true Arsenal fan will know how Arsenal have behaved different in the transfer market ever since Dein left, no surprise to real Arsenal fans as they will know that Dein was also a shareholder and when one of the owners wants something then it makes it easier to get when owners are advised by an employee to part with money.

      Do I need to point out how Wenger said he would of only loaned Welbz for 12 months with an option to buy but the board went ahead with the purchase to show how Wenger isn’t having the final say in all the transfers?

      Wenger openly said that if he had stayed at home then Welbeck wouldn’t be here now, Wenger was at the WC getting Alexis so I forgive him.

      Doesn’t that indicate that Wenger wanted someone better?

      Also any true Arsenal fan would know that Wenger will support his players as best as he can, he may not of wanted some of the players he has but he will not say he doesn’t want them or that they are just not good enough… even if he MAY think that himself.

  3. Me thnks it is Arsen’s business to improve ‘tactically’ the team’s area of weaknesss. You have got an average striking force, tell it what to do and how to do it!

  4. Iwobi is a star in the making, unless Wenger plays him at RB, which we all know is very possible with Le Prof. Campbell needs to be given more chances to play, come now. Always liked Welbeck and his workrate. Giroud is the best hold up striker i know so give him a break. As for Mr Theo “I want 140k p/wk or I’m ditching you” Walcott you robbed us son, kudos to you!

  5. I really don’t think Arsenal has a striker any more.
    I was feeling nostalgic, and decided to watch a documentary on Thiery Henry. The guy was lethal. The closest to him since he left Arsenal has been RvP (who was nowhere near Henry’s level).
    How far have we fallen as a team? Sad…really sad.

  6. “goals will come” the season is ending and the goals a yet to arrive.? somewenger has to be held responsible for this.

  7. Honestly, I don’t see Wenger getting rid of any of these strikers:
    Walcott, Giroud, Oxlade, Welbeck and he would need to get rid of one to justify getting another striker as we also have Alexis, Campbell, Iwobi, Akpom

    Walcott because he gets £140,000 per week and he is English
    Ox, Danny are both English and useful for home grown rule. Wenger won’t get rid of English players.
    Wenger adores Giroud

    Funnily enough. I was originally against getting Welbeck because it made no sense to me at the time paying £16 million for a decent striker when we had enough “decent” strikers at the time. But now I prefer Welbeck over Theo and Ox.

    I would KEEP Welbeck and Giroud as super subs.
    I would keep Ox and use him as utility player playing CM and wing.
    I would sell Theo and get a Top Striker

    Theo has had plenty of time to show his worth but his play can’t justify his salary

  8. What is Arsenal? We used to be a club known for developing promising players into world class players, but that’s not a feat we can brag about anymore (except for bellerin maybe). We’re not buying world class players, we only get scraps from other big clubs’ transfers/plans (Özil, Sanchez and Cech), and all the other players aren’t top players for their national teams.

    France: Giroud plays quite often, but the big stars in the front are Benzema and Griezmann. Koscielny I’m not too sure about, but he’ll be out soon enough when Laporte and Varane get a little older.
    Spain: Neither Cazorla or Monreal are regular starters
    England: hardly any english player can be called world class, and in a team full of poop, Walcott even stands out as especially poop.

    Mertesacker quit, Bellerin still plays for the U21’s, Coquelin hasnt even got a match yet. Campbell and Ramsey are only stars for their national teams due to the size of their countries.

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