Arsenal Need A New Striker

Arsene Wenger must be on the look out for a striker this summer.

We know van Persie can score goals, but we are also aware that he is unlikely to go through the season without a major injury keeping him out of action for 3 months.  So long as RvP is fit he will bang in goals for fun, but with an international break coming early September, this is the call sign for an injury whilst playing for Holland.

Marouane Chamakh started last season well, scoring goals, but then he went quiet.  Arsene said he was tired, Chamakh said he was burnt out, but he never recovered.  I hope he scores early this season to give him his confidence back.  Chamakh is the only recognised striker left at the club once Bendtner leaves.

People will point out that Gervinho, Walcott and Vela can all play as strikers. Which is true, but can any of them really play as the main striker in our 4-5-1 or 4-3-2-1 formation?  The answer is probably no.

Wenger has cast his net far and wide and he thought he had captured Joel Campbell, the 19 year-old Costa Rica striker only for last minute complications resulting in the player not showing up for a medical.  His father has since announced that the deal will be concluded after the FIFA Under 20 World Championships.  The problem is that a good display will have other clubs knocking at his door, so this could be one that got away.  Besides can Arsene wait until mid-August before he knows if Campbell will or will not join?

Arsenal have reportedly met with the representatives of Belgium scoring sensation Romelu Lukaku, who has been tracked by Chelsea for the last two seasons.  Chelsea’s manager has stated that he is not looking at bringing in a striker at the moment, which might allow Arsenal to make an offer in the region of £20M.  Lukaku knows that a move to Arsenal will allow him to play regular first-team football, whilst a move to Chelsea will probably involve a loan deal back to Anderlecht.  Lukaku, though young is a powerhouse striker and could be the perfect answer for Arsenal.

Closer to home Wenger has Benik Afobe.  The young player had a successful season at Huddersfield and is now ready to step a level.  Is this level the first team?  The intention was to give Afobe a run out against FC Koln on Saturday, but instead the youngster saw 2 minutes of action and did not touch the ball.  Afobe is a strong athlete, powerful and big, his loan spell at Huddersfield was evident of his ability to score.  The question now is whether he has impressed during the Germany training camp and will he be given the opportunity this week-end to show Arsene that he can be as good as Lukaku, or will Arsene want Benik to spend another year on loan.

Are the three youngster, Campbell, Lukaku or Afobe ready to step into the breach or should Arsene move for a more established striker, this is the decision that needs to be taken before the season starts.     Whichever way we go, Arsenal cannot go into the new season with only Chamakh and van Persie as our only recognised strikers



Posted on July 25, 2011, in Arsenal News, Transfers and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Slow news day again…

  2. Looking at how Gervinho fared, i’d say we don’t really need it..

  3. Joel campbell doesn’t really look like a CF either. He’s more like gervinho and likes cutting in from the wings – at least thats my impression looking at his clips.

  4. Lukaku ‘s ok.he will be a major help to our club next season.with Gervinho ‘ll leave for african cup.

  5. It’s very important,LUKAKU is fast and very young,he should come in becouse Gervinho will be going for the Nations cup. Arsene Wenger has to be fast about this. Thanks. ARSENAL 4 LIFE.

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