Do Arsenal need a striker?

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Olivier Giroud has three goals in three games for Arsenal this season following his seven goals in pre-season games, including a wonderful bicycle kick against Napoli.

On Saturday, Lukas Podolski showed his natural talent for goalscoring with a well taken brace against Fulham in the first of many London derbies this year for Arsenal.

Between them, Giroud and Podolski have now scored 38 goals since joining Arsenal at the start of 2012/13.

Now, with a season under their belts, a solid grasp of the rigours of English football and a better connection with their teammates, this is surely the time when they can both kick on with their Arsenal careers.

In the summer, Arsenal have, if we are to believe all the reports, now missed out on Gonzalo Higuain, Luis Suarez and Karim Benzema in their pursuit of a world class striker.

There is little doubt that all three of these players would bring talent to the Arsenal team, but do they bring it in the right areas?

Many would argue that the Arsenal team is weakest in two areas. The first is in defence. A world class defensive midfielder and back up at centre-back may well be more pressing demands.

In goal there are also questions. Would a more experienced 'keeper be more valuable to the team than a striker?

Big name signings do tend to be attacking players, and the lift to the club of signing a Benzema or a Suarez would, unquestionably, be huge. But, come the end of the season, will Arsenal fans rue the missed opportunity of Luis Gustavo more than that of Luis Suarez?

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