I will get my excuses in early for writing about something that has been covered extensively recently but in my defence it was written with the innocent aim of trying to put something new up for people to read. I am clearly bouncing off of BR’s fine post which led with the heading “Do we really need another striker?” The general tenet seemed to me to be that we already have great forwards and plenty of them; in addition, we have a first class attacking midfield who score an awful lot of goals between them so if that is the case why do we actually need another striker?
My point is that we could and should do better. With the right kind of striker, the kind we don’t have already, the kind that has super close control in tight areas, the kind of player who would be able to find his way past packed defences such as Sunderland, with this kind of striker, not only would he score more than our current group of strikers are capable of but our extremely talented midfield, and this bit is important, would score even more goals.
This is a win, win situation.
A striker with better close control, the kind we don’t have at the club already would not only score more goals himself, he would enable the attacking midfield to score even more themselves.
This doesn’t have to be a £50 million player, there are other ways.
By way of example I would suggest Antoine Griezmann, great close control; scores goals can play across the front etc, etc. There are people on here who have more of an encyclopaedic knowledge of possible signings of this ilk but I think you get the point. This kind of player can bring to the table something that none of the strikers at the club currently posses.
Do you fall into the category who believes we have enough attacking options at the club already or are you like me and think that in order to win the league we are going to have to strengthen up top?
I think this raises an interesting loyalty question: some supporters have an emotional attachment to certain players and I am no exception but doesn’t Arsenal winning the league transcend that? If it does and it certainly does for me then that goal should trump any special attachment anyone might have to Walcott and Giroud, I use those two names because I find it hard to imagine that anyone really cares about any of the other strikers currently on the books.
Maybe the ideal world is to keep those two, add one more and cut the rest loose?
What do you think?