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Arsenal: What can Wenger do to avert striker crisis?

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The newest star in a long line of Arsenal predators (©GettyImages)
The newest star in a long line of Arsenal predators (©GettyImages).

Olivier Giroud has picked up on last seasons form, which saw him score six goals in 10 games in all competitions.

Despite doubts, he managed to score more goals in his first season at Arsenal than Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry and looks like he is only getting better.

He has adapted his game very well to play the lone-striker role, with support from Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott; with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and the new kid on the block on the block Serge Gnabry, who has impressed in his first push into the Arsenal first-team.

Despite promising Arsenal form, Wenger has placed a huge responsibility on the form and fitness of Giroud as he is the only out-and-out striker who can score prolifically in his side.

The lack of strikers at Arsenal, with Nicklas Bendtner having a terrible season at Juventus last year and suffering greatly in form, has given 17 year-old Chuba Akpom a chance to impress as he did in his debut and substitute appearance against Sunderland.

Walcott can however, play as a striker if he is called upon, which he did last season against Newcastle last season and scored a hat-trick.

But his favoured position is predominately behind the front two. The return from injury for free-kick specialist Lukas Podolski has also added another dimension to the squad as he can play up front but he is predominately an attacking winger.

Wenger has also given youth a lot of choice with Akpom, Gnabry and German starlet Gedion Zelalem, partly due to his lack of strength in depth but mostly due to the focus on youth at Arsenal.

However, Wenger may need to add to his striking options in January as an injury for Giroud could jeopardise his attempt for a long awaited title at Arsenal.

Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar would prove worth while whist Christian Benteke and Demba Ba could bring in a longer term option.

Wenger may also consider a move for Michu, Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez or Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko, who are both struggling for first team places.

All these signings would probably demand first team football, which could damage the one striker regime that has worked at Arsenal so far this season, so he may instead chose to buy an Ole Gunnar Solskjaer type back-up striker who will be a perfect substitute or replacement for when Giroud is injured but is happy to start on the bench.

He may choose a more obscure league to find one as Alex Ferguson did with Solskjaer as most Premier League strikers vow to play games and score goals.

A younger, foreign option could be bred into the side over time, just in case Manchester City buy Giroud and steal yet another Arsenal talent.

 

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