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Arsenal might not need a new striker after all

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Karim Benzema looked destined to become an Arsenal player in the summer transfer window but, yet again, another big name has come and gone on the Gunners' radar.

Edinson Cavani was another name that came and went. As was Alexandre Pato, Gonzalo Higuain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - the list could go on and on and on.

A world-class forward should theoretically be scoring 30+ goals in a season for their club for them to go and win the league. Can Sergio Aguero score 30+ goals a season? Yes. Can Diego Costa? Yes. Can Wayne Rooney? Yes. Can Olivier Giroud? It's debatable.

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Arsenal's goalscoring options are vast but inconsistent. A list containing of Giroud, Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck, Alexis Sanchez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joel Campbell. That has the power to be scoring 100+ goals between them, but the problem is: they can't.

Walcott is naturally a winger. He is insistent of proving that playing down the middle is better for him, but is it necessarily better for the club? He doesn't have the strength or the centre-forward knowledge that can fire Arsenal to the title... yet. He has the potential to do so but Arsenal are in need of something more immediate.

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Olivier Giroud

What of Giroud? Very inconsistent. He can have a blinding game one week and bag two stunning goals and then the next game, he can't hit a barn door.

He's primary attributes are his strength and his aerial ability. His ability to hold up the ball for Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla or Aaron Ramsey suits Arsenal's style of play and that is why he is mostly preferred to Walcott, but Arsenal could do with someone like that but more consistent and more prolific. Possibly someone younger as well. Someone like Alexandre Lacazette, perhaps.

Danny Welbeck

Welbeck? Well, he's yet to make an impact at the Emirates Stadium since his arrival.

He can score and has huge potential, but being injury prone and being played on the left-hand side is not beneficial to his development as a centre-forward. Another two or three seasons for him to make a name for himself and maybe he could be the answer.

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Looking at both Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sanchez, both wingers that are quick and skilful. Oxlade-Chamberlain isn't a striker and everyone knows that but Sanchez... he could be.

He played as a centre-forward for River Plate and Udinese. He currently plays up front for Chile. He was converted by Barcelona into a right winger from a striker and then at Arsenal, he has adopted to playing on the left-hand side.

So he's very versatile across that front line but he can and has scored goals upfront before so could he be adopted into that role maybe? Most likely not because Arsenal then have no options on that left-hand side. Especially with Cazorla and Ozil showing how good they are in the centre.

Joel Campbell? He can but won't. Not in the next three or four seasons, anyway. He needs a loan away at a Premier League club or a run in the Arsenal line up and that won't happen anytime soon.

So Arsenal do have goals in them. They haven't showed that so far in this campaign but everyone knows it will come.

It's just the calm before the storm and then Arsenal fans will be forgetting about this striker "crisis".

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Danny Welbeck
Alexis Sanchez
Arsenal
Theo Walcott
Joel Campbell
Premier League

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