Signing Riyad Mahrez would end Arsenal's need for a world-class striker

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Arsenal fans' one wish heading into the summer transfer window was for a world-class striker to arrive at the Emirates Stadium.

Ever since Robin van Persie's unceremonious move to Manchester United four years ago, the Gunners have lacked a front man capable of single-handedly inspiring Premier League glory.

Olivier Giroud has done a fine job since arriving in 2012 yet doubt remains - and understandably so - of whether he's good enough to spearhead a title-winning side's attack.


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Alexandre Lacazette, Gonzalo Higuain and Alvaro Morata have all been linked with moves to Arsenal but to no avail, suggesting Arsene Wenger needs to come up with a plan B before the new season kicks off next month.

Well, what if I told you there might be one - and it doesn't involve signing a new striker.

Fans are quick to pinpoint Giroud as the weak link in Arsenal's attack, but the real issue lies on the right flank.

Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joel Campbell all attempted to prove their worth out wide last season but each flattered to deceive when afforded the opportunity to do so.

When Giroud suffered his horrendous dip in form at the turn of the new year, Arsenal needed their supporting players to stand up and be counted, but they didn't.

It's a valid argument to make, then, that signing Riyad Mahrez could be the solution to the Gunners' long-standing problem.

The hallmark of a Premier League champion is to have players capable of stepping up when those around them are struggling, and based on his 17 goals and 11 assists last term for Leicester City, Mahrez can play such a role at Arsenal.

Essentially, when Giroud suffers an inevitable run of poor form, the Algerian - alongside Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil - can help ease the goalscoring burden.

Pressure is largely placed on Arsenal's aforementioned star duo to deliver when the chips are down, but they alone cannot make up for the deficiencies around them.

Add Mahrez into the equation, though, and the Gunners have a player capable of consistently producing moments of magic.

Arsenal's biggest obstacle will be Leicester's valuation of last season's PFA Players' Player of the Year but given his experience in the Premier League and the dearth of strikers available for the same price, splashing £45 million-plus would be a wise move.

At 25-years-old, Mahrez represents an available, long-term solution out wide and a player who can sufficiently make up for what Giroud lacks.

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