Arsenal take on Liverpool this Saturday, with Gunners sitting two points clear at the top of the Premier League table. But how much stronger their title credentials would be if they had just one of their opponents' strike force.
Arsenal's midfield has been praised by so many for its abundance of creativity this season, with the likes of Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and new signing Mesut Ozil bringing them a great deal of intricacy.They are overloaded in that department - however, up-front they are not so blessed.
Olivier Giroud has led the line for the Gunners this season and, to his credit, has a respectable five Premier League goals and four assists to his name after taking a lot of criticism during the last campaign.
But beyond the big Frenchman, there is a shortage of genuine quality and reliable back-ups. Nicklas Bendtner looked all set to leave the Emirates Stadium during the transfer window but has since weaved his way back into contention. Despite the new Zlatan Ibrahmimovic-inspired hair-do, his performances have not emulated the big Swede.
Yaya Sanogo arrived in the summer on a free transfer and has real potential but is injury-prone and not ready to be a key man in the title race. 18-year-old forward Chuba Akpom looks an excellent prospect also but it's too soon for him to be called upon.
In contrast, for Liverpool - who sit third in the Premier League - the strike department is by far their strongest area with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge playing together. The pair have been dubbed the new 'SAS' and have a combined 14 goals between them.
The duo have been lethal, scoring some spectacular goals and Arsenal fans would love to have one of those strikers in their own side.
Arsenal are a team are associated with world-class forwards - Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Robin van Persie, Ian Wright and Nicolas Anelka to name just a few from recent years.
It is no disrespect to Giroud, who brings so much to the Arsenal team in terms of work rate, presence, aerial duels and occasionally creativity. However, at times, the 27-year-old's ball retention is rather sloppy and his finishing - although improved - is still very wasteful.
With a striker such as Suarez or Sturridge playing rather than him, the link-up play would be sensational and the chances created would be dispatched far more regularly.
At the moment, Giroud is doing well and there is no doubt he is an excellent player. However, should an injury strike, then it could be a disaster for Arsenal.
Think what they might be able to achieve with Suarez or Sturridge up top, linking so beautifully with Ozil. It could be devastating.
Arsenal were reported to have had a bid for Suarez rejected in the summer. If only they had been a little more adventurous in their pursuit, they could have acquired the controversial genius and, with an almost guaranteed 25-goal a season striker, been considered a far more serious threat for the title.
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