Sitting joint top of the Premier League is pretty much what every Arsenal fan would have hoped for right now, but signing Michy Batshuayi in January could make the Gunners the real deal.
The Belgian forward joined Marseille at the start of last season after scoring over 30 goals for Standard Liege during his teenage years.
Now 22, Batshuayi is attracting interest after his performances in France. He has all the physical attributes supposedly needed for a stint in England, on top of his intelligent movement and pace.
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While Olivier Giroud hasn’t done too much wrong - scoring six goals in twelve outings - the French striker can be a bit hit and miss. Sometimes he comes off the bench and scores and Arsene Wenger is probably sitting there thinking, why didn’t I start him in the first place?
Then you give him a run of games, and he’s back to his usual self, missing some glorious chances, like in the North London derby. Then the Arsenal supporters realise why he was put on the bench in the first instance.
Danny Welbeck is returning from injury, but he is inconsistent in front of goal to say the least. Theo Walcott is again hit and miss, but his finishing is more consistent than the others.
However, title winners down the years have nearly always had a striker or strikers who have been dependable from August to May. Not here and there.
Alan Shearer, Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole, Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko and even Diego Costa last season for Chelsea.
Now to say Batshuauyi is going to win the Gunners the title is mad. However, with strikers in Europe few and far between, according to Wenger, Batshuayi might just be their man.
He also offers more than Giroud. He can hold the ball up and bring others into play like the Frenchman. However, the Marseille attacker can also run in behind and stretch the play, which would make the Gunners less predictable. He has the whole package even at such a young age.
Of course the French league isn’t the same calibre as the Premier League, but by that logic, why did Arsenal sign Thierry Henry and Nicholas Anelka? They were reasonably unknown quantities but proved to be real stars.
We don’t know if Batshuayi will be the next Henry or the next Anelka, and Arsenal fans are probably sick and tired of hearing about the next prodigy. However, we do know that the Gunners have needed a new striker since Robin van Persie.
If Arsene Wenger wants to win a Premier League title he must strengthen his side. He might not have a better chance to win the league under his reign. They could be sitting comfortably at the top of the table in the new year, with the next run of fixtures looking appetising.
Nevertheless, how many times have we said it with Arsenal. They get to January and they’ve either started poorly and made it up in the second half of the season or they have started well and thrown it away in the latter stages of the campaign.
We can go back to two seasons ago when Arsenal were cruising at the top of the table at the beginning of 2014, then Aaron Ramsey gets injured and the goals dry up. Gunners supporters were desperate for a striker to be signed in that winter window, and it never came. Another title thrown away.
The league is already weak with Chelsea falling apart and Manchester City are always inconsistent. Go and grab the title by signing a striker, don’t let it slip again Wenger.
Does Arsene Wenger need to sign a striker in January? If so, is Michy Batshuayi the solution? Let us know what you think below
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