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Arsenal may not need a world-class striker this summer

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The English transfer window is among us and as usual the Premier League teams will be looking to add to their squads and build upon last seasons finish whether it be securing a place in Europe or surviving the infamous relegation battle.

One team put under the spotlight every year are Arsenal and the media look into how manager Arsene Wenger will change things as he tries to lead the Gunners to the title once again.

Recently, former striker and club legend Thierry Henry picked apart the current team and there was a lot of focus on Olivier Giroud and the striker spot.

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Arsenal have always been successful with this role after looking back at the likes of Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and, to a less extent, Emmanuel Adebayor. Henry picked out Giroud in particular and dissected his influence on the Arsenal team.

Speaking as a Sky Sports pundit, he said: "I think they need to buy four players - they need that spine. They need a goalkeeper, they still need a centre back, they still need a holding midfielder and, I'm afraid, they need a top, top quality striker to win this league again."

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There have been a number of potential strikers that Arsenal are reportedly interested in bringing to the Emirates.

Big names

The likes of Karim Benzema, Gonzalo Higuain and Edinson Cavani seem to be the most popular amongst fans. There has even been talk of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

There is no doubt that any of these players will improve Arsenal and help them in their push for the title and the UEFA Champions League as well. All, however, are likely to cost in excess of £40m.

But there are other options for Arsenal and options that could prove to be the best. Although the forwards of Loic Remy and Eduardo Vargas might strike you as average players, there could be much more towards them if opportunity presents itself.

Cheaper options

When Remy is given the chance to play, he more often than not makes the most of it as proven during spells with QPR, Newcastle and even his few appearances for Chelsea.

It goes without saying that QPR and Newcastle do not have the midfield class of Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez.

With this abundance of quality around him supplying a hundred chances a season, Remy could write his name in the hall of fame and earn himself that big name label just as Benzema, Diego Costa and Robert Lewandowski have.

Similarly, Vargas is yet to gain himself that world-class label and at the moment is recognised as a squad player.

However, just like Remy, given the chance he can do the damage. The Copa America that has just gone by saw Vargas claim the Golden Boot over the likes of Higuain, Neymar and Lionel Messi.

The Chilean link-up with Arsenal's Sanchez would see Vargas fit into routines relatively easy. Both Vargas and Remy offer a more dynamic style of play to Giroud but it wouldn't be a case of replacing the Frenchman.

More variety

The three of them together in the same squad over the whole season could prove to be extremely deadly in front of goal.

It would also give Wenger options when it comes to formations and with at least two strikers available then he can finally revert back to the classic 4-4-2 that the Invincibles played. 

The two wouldn't cost a large some either and whereas just buying one big name like Higuain comes with significant risk. One injury could change it all.

Having two players who can produce the same quality on the pitch as established names does seem more efficient.

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