We MUST buy a lethal striker?

Heard that before? I think we all agree there is a need but this post will investigate a little deeper.

Let’s look at the problem. We have been over-reliant on Giroud, little argument there but why have we been so reliant upon the Frenchman? Because our other strikers have been not performed this season?

Podolski: This is a chap who was a regular scorer in the Bundesliga and for his country; at Kõln his scoring rate was almost a goal ever other game (86 in 181 games), and for his country is the same (48 in 112). What is his rate at Arsenal? 28 goals in 65 appearances . Pretty consistent. What does this tell us about Lucas? In my opinion it says that he is under-rated as a goalscorer – not by Mr Wenger but by the fans. Plus Podolski has been constantly injured starting only 17 PL games this season.

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Walcott: Our top scorer last season and developing into a lethal striker. 21 goals from 43 games  in 2012/13 tells it’s own story, as does 5 in 13 this. In my opinion Walcott could become one of the best forwards in Europe. He has the intelligence and the pace but most importantly he has developed grace under pressure; his finishes are no longer a foot-through- the-ball thrash, they are curlers into the far corner, awesome volleys or dinks over an onrushing keeper – he is the read deal. BUT the man is blighted by injury and not just a single re-occurring problem, shoulder, thigh, knee, foot – he has had them all. Is he unlucky or fragile? Can Arsenal rely upon his fitness when looking at the goal scoring situation?

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Giroud: Not everyone’s favourite but our top cannon. His record in France was 39 goals in 85. First season for AFC, 17 in 47, this season 20 in 45. Pretty consistent and improving.At the moment he is the 7th highest scorer in the PL ahead of Dzeko, RvP, Eto’o, Lukaku, Bony and just one behind Aguero. Crap season? A cart-horse (Clydesdale of course)? Add in 10th in the PL assists and I think OG can be pleased with his work.

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Sanogo: Before coming to Arsenal he had scored at almost 1 every two games  (26 from 55). He was France’s centre forward  and top scorer in their U-20 WC winning team. He has yet to score from 10 appearances for AFC. It is too early to judge but he could be the type of player who once he starts to score cannot stop. The strength, pace, energy and determination are all evident. He just needs to calm down a bit. The jury is out

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Bendtner: What can one say? Best leave it :-D

 

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Attackers out on Loan: Joel Campbell has already shown he can score at the highest level, 21 y.o 8 goals in 21 for Olympiakos and 9 in 31 for Costa Rica is impressive. 20 y.o. Chuks Aneke has a done well at Crewe scoring 16 in 40 – could they step up?

So, given what we have at the club, what do we need? A lethal finisher. But here-in lie problems. Who, how much, where does he play but most problematic of all is that most other teams are looking for the same player.

Chelsea will surely buy a frontman or two or three, Man Utd have serious problems as Welbeck is not consistent enough and RvP is 31, injury prone and unhappy. Man City will sell Dzeko, have wasted millions on Jovetic and are reliant upon Aguero – they will be in the market. So will many of the Oiler clubs around Europe as they look to attract new fans to their “brand”.

Where and how will these teams look to sign their striker? – easy -they look at the top scorers in leagues around Europe – just like we did when we bought Giroud and Podolski (and Sanogo).

As it is certain we will be outbid, both in transfer fee and wages, for the best strikers we have to look elsewhere. Young players with potential to become the next Suarez or Ronaldo, but these players are also in huge demand. Just look at the Draxler situation: The lad is just 20 and yet it seems half of Europe are trying to sígn him. It may well be that Arsenal are in the box seat but if you were him (or his agent) wouldn’t you look at the money? What about the football I hear you say – do Bayern or PSG or City play worse football than us?

What about a British striker? Who? Wellbeck? Sturridge? Lambert? There isn’t one. We just have to look at how toothless the England team is to know the cupboard is bare.

So what is the solution? In my opinion we spend the whole summer looking for the elusive striker – perhaps one will magically appear and at the same time, buy a proper young defensive midfielder who can allow our attacking MF’s to get forward and score. Had Ramsey stayed fit he would have scored as many as Toure.

In my opinion we have the goalscorers already at the club. Our problem has been keeping the guys who supply the ammunition fit. With no Ozil, Wilshere, Walcott and Ramsey, OG was left to fight a lone battle. With no proper DM, Podolski is forced to play deep in his own half – we have seen in recent games how lethal he can be when playing further forward.

If possible add one more, give Sanogo some time and perhaps we will be fine.

Perhaps.

written by Big Raddy

 

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104 Responses to We MUST buy a lethal striker?

  1. Here Now Goon Later says:

    Man United announce a £200 million rebuilding mission over the summer, Liverpool have just announced a major spree in the summer. Chelsea and Man City will spend millions no doubt and what comes from Arsenal ?

    Silence

    Except the continual chatter about how we should sign Wenger onto another huge contract.

    I don’t have a problem about discussing Wenger’s future at all but come on – lets have SOMETHING to look forward to in the summer instead of our players being linked with moves away from the club.

    A world class striker, a left winger, a defensive midfielder and a top class centre back please !

    Or will Wenger do what he always does and leave it to the last minute ?

  2. Sav from Australia says:

    Good poat BR. Well reasoned and I agree we need one more.

    Anyone have comments about Akpom. I have heard good things.

  3. ai-zed says:

    people keep banging on about how we have only giroud as the senior striker, but isn’t that the same with Madrid who have just karim benzema as a senior striker?, he isn’t exactly pumping the goals in but the key difference as BR pointed out is keeping the midfield cast fit. Walcott was supposed to be our ronaldo, ozil our well..ozil, Ramsey & co….well you get the drift (this is not an out and out squad comparison), they kept their’s fit, we did not. we did not top the table by error all that long. but then again the question arises….; in case of injuries, are the replacements for our 1st choice midfielders on par with the replacements other teams have? (2nd 11 vs 2nd 11)? therein I believe lies our (little) problem, not squad depth but depth of quality

  4. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Ah ha Raddy,

    I categorize this as transfer speculation. Excellent, my home turf.

    Ok, I’m at something of a handicap in that I probably watch a max of two non-Arsenal games a season, but that’s never stopped me yet :-)

    It all hinges on top four. CL football, and I’m sure Arsene will go out for a top striker, but no CL football, and we’re back to book balancing for sure ie sell to buy.

  5. ai-zed says:

    Oh!….& top post by the way BR!!!

  6. silvestre says:

    buying is a MUST for us. to improve on our squad and bench. GOOD ANALYSIS

  7. ai-zed says:

    if, as all sources pointed to last summer, we were truly in for suarez, then I think le Boss might still have plans to strenghten the CF position this coming window, but I can’t help but feel the difference between this squad and our rivals is not in the CF position

  8. Nurul Huda says:

    Reblogged this on Broken Phrases and commented:
    Makes a lot of sense and pretty much what I am thinking too.

  9. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Here’s a thought.

    What has cost us more wins/points/goals, the lack of a quality striker or injuries?

    In other words, would a more robust quality fast versatile forward be of more value than an out and out frontboy?

  10. 26may1989 says:

    Thanks Raddy, good stuff.

    Although it would be great to recruit a proper, top-class striker to complement (not replace) Giroud in the squad, and give us tactical variety, I don’t think the priority for rejuvenating our attacking game is necessarily that role. What I think we lack is creativity, someone who can make more sense of Ozil, Wilshere, Ramsey and Walcott, someone who will do the unexpected. That could come in many shapes and forms (a winger, a No 10, an out-and-out forward), but it’s that quality that I pine for in the squad.

    By accident or design (or a bit of both), Liverpool in the second half of the season have raced away based on having a multi-faceted attacking unit. Their defensive game is mediocre, but against all the odds they find themselves on the verge of winning the title thanks to that attacking unit. That is what we should aspire to.

    Injuries (as ever) have denied us much of what we have to offer going forward, but even with everyone fit, we are just too predictable and (even with Walcott) too slow. It’s been said a million times, but Suarez (for all his character failings) really was the perfect fit for us.

    The only player I can think of that I think has the potential to give us what I think we need and which we have a genuine chance of getting is Draxler, and even that is based on watching Bundesliga highlights shows and a couple of Schalke CL games.

  11. Vinay says:

    We need a top class finisher and the ones we have now are not that. Podolski is the best we have but consistency and work rate are not his forte.
    A team that aspires to win needs to have the spine strong, so a gk, dm and a striker is mandatory.

    Striker- Benzema/Dzeko/Balotelli/ a fot Remy are the current options for i really do not think so costa or martinez are as good as they are made out to be.

    DM- Schneiderlin/Matuidi/dare i say De Rossi/Khedira.

    GK- Casillas pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    We need a team that can win, a team that can compete on all fronts till the end than fizzle away, with or without injuries.

  12. Rasp says:

    Great post Raddy – common sense from beginning to end :P

    I totally agree that the ‘need’ for a top goalscorer was only perceived when the supply of attacking options from midfield was decimated by injuries to key players. Obviously having a ‘Suarez’ up front would make us even more lethal, but we failed in the audacious attempt and as you say we will be outbid in the summer for the big names.

    So realistically, trying to unearth a gem (maybe we already have that in Sanogo) and keeping the midfielders fit and fresh (= squad rotation!!!) is our only course it would appear unless an Ozil-type deal could be struck under every one else’s radar.

  13. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Why bother making a shallow point if yours is immediately to be followed by one of 26s’ deeper more complex ones :-)

  14. kelsey says:

    Well I will be blunt Raddy :)

    No arguement that podolski’s ratio of goals against games is good but you forget one important factor.Why does he start so few games ? Ask AW.

    Walcott has been a miss no doubt as he adds an extra dimension, especially on the flanks,but he hasn’t got the physique to play as a striker and invariably would be blown over by one or two central defenders. Alternatively in a quick counter attack in a one or one situation he is ideal and his finishing has eventually got a lot better.

    Giroud can never be a clinical striker as he is slow,can’t head a ball and rarely shoots from distance and invariably has his back to goal, but is an asset to the team as a player to lay off the ball and considering his ability his strike rate is reasonable,but invariably in a tight game when you need a poacher to settle the result,he goes missing.

    Why we ever bought Sanogo is a complete mystery to me. He may well turn out to be something special but the need for an alternative striker or one to play with Giroud in a 4-4-2 so that we are not so predictable one would have hoped that we bought someone with much more experience.

    I know the lone striker role is bloody difficult but Drogba he ain’t.

    We had every chance to win the league this year ,all the other contenders had new or recently appointed managers but though injuries have decemated our squad we should have bought at least one other experienced player in January and last Summer.

    If we have this odd 100 million sitting in the bank these past few years that has actually depreciated in real terms so that in player transfer terms we most probably could have bought player A for 15 million and now he would be 25 million.
    CL qualification is vital regardless of the Puma deal to attract better players to enhance our squad, but if that happens and AW stays will he be so bold or is he set in his ways and still harking back to the quality of players we had until the Invisibles broke up and expecting the current squad to perform the same..

  15. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Two Ozils. Genius Rasp :-)

  16. MickyDidIt89 says:

    I don’t call that comment “blunt”, Kelsey Out. Rather sharp, in fact.

    ps as you well know, the Puma deal will be worth less without CL Footy, therefore less player budget :-)

  17. RA says:

    A very good Post, BR.

    They say fools rush in where angels fear to tread, and as I am no angel, it seems I am doomed to forever jump straight in.

    But, I am learning. Posts such as this are inevitably a breeding ground for dissent, as it calls for very subjective opinions about the merits or otherwise of current players, and perhaps even to agree on the definition of a ‘forward’.

    Fortunately, M’Learned colleague, aka The Cup Final Blagger, 26M, has written a response that I am yet again in agreement with, and that stops me becoming involved in a long winded discussion of who or what type of forward we should look for in the summer.

    Someone up front with both skill and pace. Or two such someones. :-)

  18. RC78 says:

    @ HNGL: A very good strikerstriker, a left winger, a defensive midfielder and a top class centre back – I agree with your shopping list, except that the winger should be able to play on both sides, not only on the left :-) You may want to add a fullback if Sagna leaves

    @ BR: Do we need a world class striker? In my opinion, we do need a new striker – we will not get a world class striker for sure but we can get a really good one, nevertheless. Not that our current crop of players is weak but we are lacking the striker that can make runs past defenders and behind defenders:

    – Giroud has been good this year, depite his slump of form but he does not offer that cutting edge up-front – he does not dribble particularly well, does not really make runs past defenders and he does not have the pace to make runs behind them but he adds strength and fantastic hold-up play and he should definitely stay.

    – Podolski is really more of a “Left Forward” than a ST – this is how he plays for Germany and now for Arsenal. If he is not happy at AFC, then let him leave but I think he will stay.

    – Walcott will in time play in a central position but for now, he is doing an excellent job on the right wing and he is versatile and smart enough to come into the center when needed…

    – Sanogo has a similar profile than Giroud, maybe a bit faster but he is still in need of heavy polishing. Would be nice to actually loan him out to an EPL team (maybe a team coming up to the EPL)

    – Campbell is showing great promise but I feel that he still need maturing in front of goal. I would bring him back to the EPL and loan him out as well. Same for Chucks.

    – Bendtner, Park – No comment.

    So who could we buy that would really bolster our squad and give us EPL and CL credentials and what profile is needed?

    > We need a pacy striker that can create chances for himself and others and that can run past and behind defenders and has a killer instinct in front of goal. Sounds like Suarez or Sturridge, right? These two are unavailable and let us not dream about Aguero, for example. So who is left and a realistic target?

    > In the EPL, I would not be sad if Wellbeck, Rémy or Benteke would be targeted, for example.

    > In Europe, I would say that Jackson Martinez, Pedro, Gameiro, Morata, El Sharawwy, Icardi, Callejon, Balotelli (?), Reuss, Muller, Hulk, Doumbia, Menez (free and can play on the wings!), Falcao (Ranieri is leaving and Falcao might be upset), Lacazette.

    If we land one or two of these players, I think that our attack will be sorted

  19. RC78 says:

    I agree with the points made about the lack of a quality bench. I think that our starting XI is quite strong but our bench is quite weak, especially on the defense and on wingers/strikers positions

  20. Big Raddy says:

    Actually the whole post was built around the visual Bendtner joke !

  21. 26may1989 says:

    And good morning to you, RA and Micky! :)

    Vinay, am completely with you on everything other than GK – Balotelli would be perfect (nuttiness and all), and I am very much with you on Schneiderlin. But we don’t need to replace Szczesny with a keeper like Casillas, we need a deputy once Fabianski and/or Viviano go.

  22. kelsey says:

    Hernendez would be perfect. let’s rape United whilst they are in turmoil. He is a real fox in the box.

  23. njstone9 says:

    We need a top level striker for the following reasons:

    1. Walcott is injured a lot. His latest injury was serious. Since his game is based on speed we don’t know if he’ll come good again like Ramsey or lose too much like poor Eduardo. He is also a right winger more than an out and out striker, whatever he wants to believe.

    2. Top strikers score in and decide the big games. Giroud is quality but not top quality. Look at his goalscoring record in big games.

    3. Podolski is a fabulous finisher but he doesn’t do much else. He’s been poor in too many games to be considered for the number one role. A fine squad player but not what we need to progress in the Champions League or the Premier League.

    4. Walcott on the right plus a speedy winger cum striker on the left would give us proper balance and a bit of speed cover when we get injuries.

  24. Norfolk Gooner says:

    We MUST we buy a lethal striker? That’s the question.

    Giroud has scored 20 goals in 45 appearances, sounds OK doesn’t it? Yet how many really good chances has he squandered? A top quality striker could be approaching 40 goals for the season given the opportunities that Giroud has wasted.

    So what’s the answer? YES!!!

    By the way, a fine post BR, as always.

  25. chas says:

    Bendy’s still got it, you know.

  26. kelsey says:

    Of course all this is speculation assuming AW is extending his contract and I find this all rather frustrating as one constantly reads that he says “judge me at the end of the season” meaning that possibly if we win the FA Cup and secure forth it will of course be a welcome trophy, but more importantly he appears to hold all the cards and with all due respect I don’t think that’s a healthy situation.

    Winning the Cup or cementing forth doesn’t guarantee that some players will rejoice long term or decide that they will stay.

    Financially CL football means at least another 25/30 million in the kitty but remember we still have to pay for the stadium loan right until 2031.

    If he is staying all well and good but why don’t the club announce it now if they have confidence in the man.

    So what if we finish up without having won a trophy for nine years. Some will be irate others will say we have been punching above our weight.
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    We have actually done worse this year against the other top teams than in the last few years and that surely must be of the highest concern

    Conversely we have a group of very talented young players we just lack that experience and leadership on the field.Surely he would want to build on that

    Fabregas had the luxury of slowing being bedded into the team but with proven winners to guide him and of course he had a raw talent to start with in any case..

  27. RockyLives says:

    Fine stuff BR
    You have given me food for thought because you have raised (or at least hinted at) the idea that maybe we don’t actually need a “worldy” striker…

    For me it all comes back to our abysmal injury record. The big signing I would like to see this summer is someone who can stop most of our players’ muscle and ligament injuries.

    Imagine if Aaron and Theo had stayed fit for most of the season: how many more goals would have scored? An extra 10? 15? 20? In any case enough to have probably kept us in the title hunt right to the end.

    As you observed, with Ramsey, Jack, Theo and Ozil all fit and flying we were not worried about where the goals were coming from.

    Naturally another top striker in the squad would be welcome… but if you gave me the choice between signing Suarez or having a season without injuries to the existing squad I would choose the latter.

  28. RockyLives says:

    Come on Chas
    In that vid Bendy misses about three sitters…

  29. RC78 says:

    I like Javier Hernandez a lot – he is quite a striker but to be honest, I think that a player like Wellbeck would be more suited for our needs. Javier is a fantastic goal poacher but I think that we need pace up front.

    Again, ideally, we would have snatched Sturridge from Chelsea when he was available but let us not dwell on the past.

    In the EPL, I think that we can buy some good quality players that are used to the EPL jousts:
    – At the CB position, you have A. Williams and J. Lescott and even M. Richards that may look to leave their club
    – At DM, Schneiderlin, Diame and Tiote will be keen to join us
    – On the wings, I am sure that we could tempt Mirallas to join us
    – Up front, Wellbeck, Rémy or Benteke would also bring smt good to the team.

    I am not saying that these are the top options but they are solid options and these are players that know the EPL and this is a bonus.

    Again, as pointed by Kelsey, it would be great to add experience and leadership to our squad and not any kind of experience, experience of grinding out games and winning trophies so I would be well pleased if we signed players like Nagamoto and Cambiasso from Inter, for example

  30. stevepalmer1 says:

    Afternoon all, Nice one Raddy,

    Made me smile that post Raddy, you start off asking, and then explain why, so i reckon you have made up your mind on what you want already.

    Even so i will be suckered in a good post and a good subject.

    Anybody and everybody have had an opinion of who or what we need. All season we have been analysed by press media other clubs and even our own supporters.

    Personally Raddy i think you hit the nail on the head, when you said the supply. Injuries have been cruel as they are every year, and if i speak the truth we need to find the answer to that problem before recruitment.

    Our forwards of course have still missed hat full’s of goals, so some supply cannot be blamed for all of the misses.

    Podolski playing winger, midfield, is i believe some of his problems, and players who score, should be comfortable where they play.

    Giroud is clumsey and really slow. He also has an ability to do the fantastic. My main beef with him is his lack of out and out pace.

    Sanogo for a start cost us nothing, he’s young and raw and lacking confidence, i believe you could be right Raddy, when you said when he does finally score, it could open the flood gates but can we take that gamble.

    Walcott, Now he’s a player who i have trouble with, again what you say about him is of course true, his finishing is a lot better and his pace is electric, i still think Theo rushes things but he is better, but he has bundles of time out injured, and a player like that is very hard to plan round. and of course he doesn’t like contact.

    Personally i felt Wenger knew what he was doing trying to recruit Suarez, He doesn’t care who he kicks or bites, black white or indifferent, He fights, gets stuck in, front or back he is the ultimate striker for me, Nasty piece of work but a top striker.

    Costas last night reminded me a little of Suarez, The way he looked at Terry, and looked like he wanted to floor him. He battled but good defending kept him at bay, I believe if Wenger had watched that last night he would have appealed to him.

  31. RC78 says:

    Diego Costa is unfortunately bound to Chelsea. It is almost a done deal. Chelsea will pay 32 Mln + Torres to get him. Everyone will be happy.

    I like Costa a lot too but I think we need a pacier striker up front, we need a player like the “Owen of the good old days” basically IMHO.

  32. stevepalmer1 says:

    You are of course probably right RC but he’s not there yet :)

  33. RC78 says:

    Indeed…Anything can happen…

    Ranieri is leaving Monaco…Monaco is keen on buying Valdes, Alves, Cole and RVP to bolser their squad so with all this drama around Monaco and Man Utd, we can expect a very interesting window transfer

  34. Big Raddy says:

    So … there is agreement that injuries in the supply train affected the way we look at our strikers.

    I am hoping BM win tonight with a lead they can protect in the 2nd leg.

    It would be awful should there be a Chelsea win in a final vs RM. Can you imagine The Selfish One’s face?

  35. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Hi Raddy,

    Certainly a multi-functional front three player would cover injuries and allow flexibility. So, a Draxler type fits the bill, and I could imagine the season ending with a front three of Ox, Theo and Drax, although who in which positions I don’t know, but it would be Liverpool’ish, and I like that.

  36. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Love the donkey vid, although what Chas was searching under “donkey”, the mind can only boggle.

  37. Big Raddy says:

    Boggle ….. lovely word.

  38. Big Raddy says:

    Anyone going to watch the game with me tonight or should I watch Downton with Mrs.R ? :-(

  39. mickydidit89 says:

    Mmm, same thing going on at my end. Mrs and Children have plans for the telly, and I quite like them, especially when compared to a dodgy stream.

    I’m hoping moving will re-ignite my liveonlinefootie. The pressure to Sky-up is mounting.

  40. mickydidit89 says:

    Hey Raddy,

    Here’s a bit of news Mrs R might like. The house where Downton is filmed, Highclere Castle, is the home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. The Carnavon who got hold of Tutankhamun nicked his penis and it’s at the house.

    Or maybe she won’t like that at all :-)

  41. RA says:

    Is this what LB has been up to?

    Around 300 cyclists got back in the saddle at Arsenal Football Club today for the fifth Pedal4Pounds challenge.

    The annual charity bike ride follows a 250-mile route from the Emirates Stadium in London to Huddersfield Town Football Club’s John Smith’s Stadium, named ‘The Chapman Trail’, in honour of the club’s legendary manager, Herbert Chapman.

    The four-day trek will see teams cycle to Cambridge, Leicester and Doncaster in time for the last Huddersfield home game of the season against Leicester City on Saturday, April 26.

    Four days? LB will be up there and back by this afternoon! :-)

  42. RA says:

    Lord Caernarvon nicked his penis with Tutankhamun?

    Even for a Devonian Incomer that is very weird, Micky. :-)

  43. RA says:

    I shall be watching Randy.

    It has to be so much better than that rubbish last night, with the Pouty Prince of Crap’s team.

  44. mickydidit89 says:

    RA

    Don’t think the news went down too well with Mrs R.
    Reckon Raddy is still in the kitchen trying to explain himself.

    I can hear the bleeting from here: “That idiot Didit…..

  45. LB says:

    The thing is that I don’t regard 250 miles cycling in four days as a lot.

    But I’m not doing it.

    Lol

  46. mickydidit89 says:

    LB
    You’d fly along in your tight little streamlined costume

  47. LB says:

    I don’t really know what to say about today’s post.

    Maybe just, congrats on coming up with something, I wish I could help more but I don’t have a clue what to write about.

  48. LB says:

    It’s very tight, skin tight, in fact.

  49. LB says:

    I went out with 12 mates to Hertfordshire this morning, great fun.

  50. Big Raddy says:

    She wasn’t too happy with the info. But I rescued it by making a starter of asparagus with melted parmesan.

  51. mickydidit89 says:

    Right, lucky you lot can clear off now and watch a great game on yer big boxes.

    Enjoy.

  52. chas says:

  53. johnnie nyc says:

    Raddy, I’m not a Giroud hater, rather usually a defender. I like his hard work and combination with others around the box. he was involved in most of our beautiful goals this season..

    I’m not one of those screaming we need Costa, Cavani etc– though I think we should try in earnest for Costa.
    But I have to say, I was excited by your headline until I noticed the question mark. disappointed.

    Arsenal is a club known for attacking quality, flair, and scoring. Scoring, above all, is a simple necessity
    I personally don’t care if 95% of our goals come from NON-strikers, as long as we have enough goals— but the truth is that we don’t have nearly enough- just compare the team stats —…. sometimes your strikers need to shoulder that burden- in this, again, not nearly enough .

    In defending our clubs choice to try and win without buying top, proven quality, sometimes, I’ve noticed we massage stats, which people also do to prove the opposite. I look at all the Striker stats, positive and negative, and also watch the play, as we all do. Olivier is not good enough for Arsenal.

    All the guys you mentioned in your Giroud paragraph, I WOULD take over Ollie, except maybe Eto- even that im not sure….why put him up with those names ? I bet Dzeko’s goal per minute is more impressive for the past 2 seasons .

    — and frankly, I cringe seeing Aguero’s name in the same paragraph as Giroud. I couldn’t care less about any stat you find on that comparison.

    Giroud is not a crap player, or having a crap season as some of the negative people say… but he is not good enough.

    Arsenal is a club that deserves a world class front man. we want to be a big club, don’t we?

    Injuries hurt us. yes, badly, Theo and Rambo especially. but if they had stayed healthy, and if we were leading the league now, I would still feel the same way.
    Striker is a key position where we have a ton of room for improvement. simple. It’s Not a position where you can pinch pennies. There are teams with 2 strikers or more better than our first. we need to address that. Look at the speed and dynamism when Liverpool attack. We need more of that.

    Our fantastic midfielders deserve a great striker to play with. Ozil in particular is wasted sometimes, because of Ollies skill set, or lack thereof. Theo is great for him, but who else do we have to take advantage? OX, Gnabry…young and inconsistent. Poldi not the run onto through ball type either.

    Ozil went from Ronaldo, Benzema, DiMaria to us. He’s a player great enough to build a team around… I think it’s pretty foolish to ignore the striker position.

    I will be very disappointed if Giroud is our primary striker next season. We need to strengthen where there are deficiencies. That is one.

  54. chas says:

    If the final is Madrid v chavs, we might not see either team leave their own half.

  55. Big Raddy says:

    Good first half – BM over 75% possession away from home and yet losing.

  56. stevepalmer1 says:

    Watching Bayern on the tele, That Robben is a real class act, everything goes through him and he dictates play. A player who makes things happen and a right workhorse.

    Don’t like his antics but he gets his fair share of free kicks. Bayern have had most of the play, and seem relentless going forward, speed and accurate passing even in tight circles and the thing i like the best is the way they fight to get the ball back.

    Losing at half time one nill with a blinding team goal finished off by Benzema. Score is really against the run of play but Real are dangerous but i feel Bayern will press all the way.

  57. Big Raddy says:

    Was Modric that good at Spurs?

    I fear for BM, Madrid have hardly played tonight and yet must be favourites.

  58. stevepalmer1 says:

    Seemed that Real played similar to Chelsea, only they did breakaway and scored. I tend to agree with you on who is favourites but i wouldn’t write Bayern off just yet.

  59. arnie says:

    Fantastic, Raddy. Cheers. :) Sorry could not be around at all today. :sad: Will try and catch up with comments now. :)

  60. arnie says:

    So, Moist is out and Beijing Red goes off as well? Who is Beijing Red really? Giggs or RedNose? Or, is it BR? :razz:

  61. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Motning all,

    Tragic news that Beijing has retired :-(

    On the CL, I agree with most in wanting a Bayern victory over Madrid, but have unearthed a new take on things.

    I quite like the idea of old Maureen sides going on to win ‘Ol Big Ears to show him up. Therefore, it’s Madrid for me, and for them to beat Chelsea in the final would be even better.

  62. MickyDidIt89 says:

    As for Maureen’s pathetic lines about how he would field a weakened team at Anfield, but will ask the Club what they want to do, well, how egotistical is that.

    We all know, as does he, that it will be Chelsea’s strongest possible line up, so he is merely protecting his reputation.

    I hope he has a trophyless season, and that Madrid prove winning is possible in spite of him. Let’s face it, he will soon run out of clubs with the kind of budget he needs. PSG remain one of the few remaining.

  63. chas says:

    Anyway, back to more important issues – how are you going to shift the porkers?

  64. Gööner In Exile says:

    Morning all, missed yesterday’s blogging……damn work.

    I’ll never be against new signings, but I do think the injuries have affected how we have judged our squad in recent weeks

    Szczesny, Viviano, ????

    Sagna, Jenkinson
    BFG, Koz, Verm
    Gibbs, Monreal

    Flamini, Arteta
    Jack, Rambo, Ozil, Santi, TR7, Gnabry

    Theo, Pod, Giroud, Sanogo

    Right there’s 21 players, realistically 4 spare spots and I’ve not included Diaby, Bendtner or Park for obvious reasons….pretty sure I’ve got everyone else but probably forgotten someone. (The 7 homegrown is covered so it’s 4 new from anywhere and additions if necessary).

    Chavs are now struggling to cope with Hazard, Terry and Cech injured, as I said the other day City have struggled without Aguero and Yaya, Dippers haven’t had to cope with that many injuries, if they have it’s been 1 at a time. We have miraculously managed to stay 4th whilst having Jack, Rambo, Koz, Ozil, Theo and Gibbs all out at once.

  65. chas says:

  66. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All,

    Not being a twitter-ite can someone explain the Mesut message? Was it written direct to Mr Fumbucker, whoever he is :-D ?

    He addresses his message to “Fans” and yet says he is following comments on Facebook. Whose comments?

  67. chas says:

    Mesut’s message to his Facebook followers screen-printed, then uploaded to twatter so you can see it.

    Eff knows who Fumbucker is!

  68. White Bear says:

    Real for me too, cannot stand that Robben ugly thing. Plus Guardiola not so good without Iniesta, Puyol, Messi, Xabi, etc..

    But at the end of it – anybody, any team but Chelsea

  69. Gööner In Exile says:

    I wouldn’t put it past Maureen to field kids against Dippers:

    1) CL semi + injuries
    2) He hates Pellegrini, and knows Chavs winning helps City as much or possibly more than himself
    3) It suits his continued claims they have a big rebuilding job
    4) Rodgers winning the League will lead to lots of “he learned under Jose” shite.

    I’m still not sure Arsene will be here next season, he knows the club has to change buying policy, he has spoken recently about this being the start of the third era (new commercial deals following the cash up front stadium rebuilding deals) giving us the power in the market to compete on wages. So that says to me he has worked within restraints for the last 8/9 years, and now he wants assurances that the shackles can be lifted.

    If he signs a new contract I expect us to spend, if he doesn’t I think we will know who has been responsible for lack of spending. Gazidis announced that the club were confident Arsene would sign his new deal around the time the Puma deal was being signed, I think Puma wanted assurances. Arsene said no more than yes the offer is there and we will conclude at the end of the season.

    There are jobs that Arsene could be interested in, Monaco, PSG, Barca. I doubt he’d go in to the France managers job.

    On comparisons to our GG titles to Jose, the difference to me is the game has moved on in England, at the time long ball was the norm, in fact GG changed his Arsenal style with the emergence of the Howard Wilkinson methodology. English pitches were ropey, we weren’t playing in European competition so fell behind the continental game. As Chas says the money Chavs spent to assemble that squad and the types of players bought by Abramovich suggest he wants a different style of football. If Hiddink would return I think Jose would not be in a job for long.

  70. White Bear says:

    Didit Is not answering questions about the pigs. That could only mean one thing – he fed them to the kids

  71. chas says:

  72. RA says:

    Good Morning, White Bear Out. :-)

    The Ugly Pouting Chelsea Diva will bore the other teams and us to death, and win the CL. Yeuk.

  73. chas says:

  74. RA says:

    Barca have had their transfer ban lifted — there’s a surprise – and they say they want Ozil for £30m.

    Cheeky bastards!

  75. RA says:

    White Bear

    Fum Bucker is someone close to you! :-)

  76. Big Raddy says:

    WB 8.02. Better than the other way round

    GIE. You are right there are differences between GG teams and Mourinho’s – vast differences. My point was more about playing boring football. And I thought Chelsea and JM was a match made in heaven!

  77. Big Raddy says:

    RA. You were right about Barca. Did you borrow kelsey’s crystal balls?

  78. chas says:

    Surely he’s only got one?

  79. RA says:

    And it’s a currant! :-)

  80. RA says:

    Blimey Fumbucker, have you had the snip and a couple of balloons inserted? :-)

  81. RA says:

    Raddy,

    I tend to scour the net for ‘news’ and rumours to start my day, and it outraged me when I read it — one of the red tops had it I think — when I flit around I don’t always take too much notice of the site name etc.

  82. RA says:

    (I really fancy you in that red top, Fumbucker – worrying!) :-)

  83. Big Raddy says:

    Don’t know why you chose the BORK clip but it brings a tear – not sure why.

  84. chas says:

    Kelsey has only got one ball, the other is in the Albert Hall……

  85. chas says:

    Crystal, that is.

  86. arnie says:

    nostalgia, Raddy. me too. it was one of the first films that I saw and it left a deep influence. :)

    Chas: great stuff. :)

    Fumbucker. well done. :razz:

  87. Big Raddy says:

    Durhhh. I am so slow, I blame age and Margaret Thatcher

  88. arnie says:

    Motning everyone.

    Maybe today is the GN5 Blast from the Past day. :)

  89. arnie says:

    How does Ozil manage to spend such a lot of time on Facebook. Or has he appointed a Facebook consultant! :razz:

  90. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Chas

    So simple really. Sleeping pills, then one on the roof and the other, the bonnet.

  91. MickyDidIt89 says:

    Mesut really is an odd looking Fella. If he walked into my house, I’d immediately reach for the fly spray.

    Perhaps a little harsh, so blame Gordon Brown :-)

  92. Big Raddy says:

    Fly spray :-D

    I forgot that at the time I was supporting the miners Didit was a suit benefitting from Maggie’s capitalist dream

    (which if you knew Didit is as far from the truth as it is possible to be)

  93. Morning all

    We had a bit of an admin mess up with GN5’s post but luckily 26may had sent one so we’re going to use that today and move GN5 to Saturday.

  94. arnie says:

    well done, Peaches. :)

  95. New Post everyone …………….

  96. johnny nyc. Spot on with your post.

  97. stevepalmer1 says:

    Morning all.
    I see many have favourites for CL. Personally its just few games of football for me since Arsenal got knocked out, but i thought i would like to clear some things up.

    Champions league winners is an Honour and a remarkable feat, Playing the best teams in European Football and finally winning the cup is the ultimate.

    4 teams in each country are selected and drawn out to play these 4 teams have battled hard all the previous season to get as many points to qualify for this prestigious competition.

    At this stage i would just like to point out that Arsene Wenger was the only Manager who actually guided his club through a hard season to earn his place in this competition with the same team.

    Mourinho Moyes and Pelegrini inherited from another hard working Manager. Whoever should win the final, should it be an English side the congratulations should go to the players who qualified, and played out the competition, not the Manager.

    Am i a sore loser :)

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