The Gunners' 2013 form has been outstanding and much of that success has been attributed to togetherness within the squad.
For the first time in recent memory no key players were lost in the transfer window. Morale was high at the Emirates to begin the season and that has made all the difference.
Since the close of the summer transfer window much has been made of the lack of depth the Gunners currently have at centre-forward and with the most recent injuries to Nicklas Bendtner and Olivier Giroud those fears are now a reality. A new striker is an absolute necessity for the Gunners to maintain their current pace.
However, the temperamental Bulgarian is not that man. As a player Berbatov’s quality has never been in question. He possesses an immaculate first touch, and steely calm in front of goal, making him an ideal front man for many sides in Europe.
But not for Arsenal.
The current Gunners set up requires a selfless striker who is willing to press and chase for the team as well as make countless runs in behind. Based on his time in the Premier League there is little evidence to suggest Berbatov is capable of that style of play.
He possesses an excellent ability in holding the ball-up and getting others involved. But Arsenal are a notoriously quick counter-attacking side and quick isn't exactly part of Berbatov's repertoire.
The strength of Wenger’s side in 2013 was their mental strength and never say die attitude. Collectively they have fought and won results that in the past would have been squandered.
A new striker is imperative but maintaining the current first-team bond and attitude should be the first requirement.
If they can do that as well as bringing in a top-class striker, even better.
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