Does Alexis switch mean striker off January wishlist?

Alexis Sanchez has been amazing since being switched to a centre-forward role this season, but does that mean Arsenal no longer need to target a new striker?

For a number of seasons the Arsenal fan-base have been crying out for a big-named striker to be snapped up, and when Lucas Perez arrived this summer, some had thought the club had at least gave in to some extent.

Things did not turn out that way however, with the Spanish signing failing to hold down a central role, and he now appears much more suited to a wide role in our system, while we have found our new striker from within our squad.

Alexis Sanchez has been an enigma since settling into his new role, which was originally forced due to the absence of Olivier Giroud. The Chilean is now being touted as one of the best strikers in the Premier League, which is huge praise considering the likes of Sergio Aguero, Diego Costa and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are also gracing the division.

The winter window is now coming round again, and we are still being linked strongly with a number of strike targets including Carlos Bacca and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but do we need them?

The Dortmund striker would no doubt be a great signing for any club in the world, with his vast amount of goals being a huge boost to any side, but for the money being spouted in the press, it would be a huge risk.

Alexis and Olivier Giroud are great options to have in the squad, and I simply cant see how Arsene Wenger could believe that we were in need of another addition to the role. In fact we have Danny Welbeck set to return also, who was in fine form in front of goal before falling foul of injury also.

I know PEA would likely be an improvement on our current options, but it would also force Alexis Sanchez back into his former role, and I feel like that could be bad for our team all round.

Do we still need another attacker? Or is PEA the only available striker who could improve us?

Pat J

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  1. Wilshegz says:

    yes. plus welbeck.perez. we could use a CM/LW or a player that ca play both spots like Isco

  2. Break-on-through says:

    If Alexis keeps up with the Costa’s and Aguero’s well then we have our 20+ goalscorer. I don’t think Alexis wants to go back to the wing, Ozil moving could be another option. Aubemayang, fans can never have enough world class players so I’m sure most would say yes, we’ll fit them and make them happy somehow. Myself, I want to see just how far Alexis can take this Suarez comparison.

  3. Sam, need a striker says:

    Yes, I said it many times, this team terribly needs another Sanchez …

  4. Jansen says:

    I don’t think we need another world class striker. If we manage to keep Sanchez, then he is our guy. I think sooner rather then later we should look for a young goal machine.

    Giroud is nearing the end of his career and Welbeck is injury prone leaving us Perez. We should look for a RVP in the age category 20-23. A young player will accept sitting on the bench behind Sanchez, a world class striker would not. However singing a young striker should not be a priority.

    We do need to sign another potential world class player and Draxler looks interesting. Having said that after all the money we spend (with mixed success), what is the chance of us signing Draxler?

    It seems some top teams know have more than one world-class forward, Chelsea have Costa/Hazard, City Aguero/De bruijn. Walcott is having a good season and Iwobi is promising but inconsistent, Sanchez/Draxler could be an upgrade on current options.

    Leaving us with very little to do next summer.

    1. Wilshegz says:

      Draxler is overrated. His goal ratio is poor. has just 24goals i^ about 130games.

      last term he scored just 5goals

    2. citrenoogeht says:

      This is a very confusing article. Your start by saying that we don’t need a “world class striker” and then you give good reasons for why we do need a “world class striker.”

  5. Wilshegz says:

    Reus ll be perfect but he always gets i^jured.

  6. stubill says:

    We won’t have another big signing in the current season, unless we lose Ozil and, or Sanchez.

    If we did it would mean pushing Sanchez back out on the wing as any one of those players mentioned would expect to be starting most games and not sitting on the bench (with the exception of Bacca, but do we need a 30 year old?. Plus, if we have that sort of money to throw around, surely it would be better to give Sanchez, Ozil and others a decent increase to keep them happy and inline with other players of their stature in the league. That would leave us to invest in a younger, promising striker we could develop.

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