Arsenal legend Ray Parlour insists the Gunners should have made signing a striker a priority this summer.
Arsene Wenger completed the surprise signing of Mesut Ozil for a club record transfer fee from Real Madrid, but Parlour believes it is their forward line that needs more strength in depth.
The north London club have long been interested in signing Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and had their multiple bids turned down by the Anfield chiefs. Parlour believes an injury to Olivier Giroud in the near future could be expensive for the Emirates club, having already lost Lukas Podolski for the next three months.
“The only problem I’m worried about is the forward line. Giroud was excellent at the weekend. I thought he played ever so well against Tottenham. He got the goal, really held the ball up well and he was a battering ram at times, but can he stay fit?” Parlour told TalkSPORT.
“If he does get a niggle or get injured, then the next player that can play up there really is Walcott. Podolski is out for ten weeks. That’s the only position [I was worried about],” the former Gunner said.
Meanwhile, Parlour also heaped praise on Arsenal’s latest acquisition and is hopeful that the addition of Ozil to the squad will bolster the Gunners’ attacking front.
“If he [Giroud] does get injured, they are going to be a little bit light up top. That was one where I thought, they got in Ozil, fantastic, but could they get a striker in as well? It is going to be exciting now with Jack Wilshere, [Santi] Cazorla, [Theo] Walcott, [Lukas] Podolski, when is he fit, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ozil now,” he concluded.
The Daily Mail reported that Arsenal were believed to be interested in making a loan approach Chelsea striker Demba Ba on the deadline day of the transfer window. However, the deal did not take place as Ozil became the north London side’s last signing of the summer.
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