Now I know some of you hate playing the fantasy football manager scenario where we give our verdict on who, or at least what type of player, we should add to the squad to take ourselves into the bracket where we are challenging at the highest levels again. That is not to say that we are not doing that this season, to some degree, with us being F.A cup favourites and ECL football again within our grasp but in reality I still feel there are a couple of I’s still to dot and T’s to cross.
There may be 2-3 positions you feel need to be addressed, as I do, but to keep it simple for today’s post I think we should today look at the most obvious position that most of us feel requires addressing, which is that of the striker or number 9 position. It is also a position that I am more than certain Arsene himself recognises as needing an upgrade in, so in many ways this is not one of those futile discussions which has no realistic chance of becoming reality. I feel it is a given that we will recruit at least 1 player in this position in the summer.
We have what we have at the moment so I would firstly say let’s just get fully behind the current team for the rest of the domestic campaign. I do feel, however, that there is no harm in an examination of what we may require to get fully back to the summit again, as I personally believe that we are potentially very close to that fully competitive top team again.
I would like to quote GIE from a few days ago who poses the questions very succinctly :
“A proper striker……now there is a subject for debate.
Do we want a pure goalscorer…..akin to Ian Wright
Do we want a hold up man….we have him
Do we want a twisty turny something from nothing man….Suarez like (preferably minus cannibal traits)
Do we want a channel runner….the Henry type”
Now Ollie is our main striker at present who has certain strengths and weaknesses. I like Ollie and see him as a great plan B or second choice number 9, but I have stated my view that I feel we need something a bit more than him, and a bit different to him if we want to challenge at the highest level again. For me Suarez is the best EPL striker at the moment, and maybe even arguably the best in the world. We once had the best EPL striker in TH14 and it is maybe no coincidence that one of our great periods of success was when he was with us.
As such I would ask you all to state your views on which type or style of striker you would like to see join us as per Mr GIE’s comment above. If you wish you could even put forward certain names to support your case. Any video footage would be even more welcome to support any argument for said player. So over to you A.A’ers, what do you think?
Written by GoonerB