Arsenal need a striker and fast! by Twig
One positive thing with the current Arsenal team is that the goals are coming from all the players. Players like Mertesacker, Arteta and Koscielny, whose main business is preventing goals, have appeared on the Score Sheet.
Watching today’s game against West Brom, one can’t help the feeling that Arsenal seem to be playing without a striker. With Wenger preferring Podolski out wide, it seems our only striker is Giroud. Giroud had a difficult beginning but he has picked up over the last few games to start scoring. However, the manner of his play – which seems heavily dependent on aerial balls – doesn’t seem to fit Arsenal’s game which is generally played on the ground. Serious questions must be asked of a striker that demands the ball to be played to him in a certain way!
Both Giroud and Podolski seem to be heavily one-footed – I’ve mentioned this several times. Today, Podolski somehow contrived to miss a goal that he should have struck with his right boot. Wenger once said that RVP was the most left-footed player that he has trained, but even RVP was able to score quite a generous amount of goals with his right foot.
Frankly, Arsenal deserves a striker with better movement, good ball control and speed. Putting Giroud through on goal is almost useless as he can’t beat the last man for speed. He cannot also dribble past defenders or keep the ball at his feet to bring other forwards into the game. Podolski is similar, but I think he’s better than Giroud down the middle. Seeing Podolski on the wing makes me cringe. He almost always passes the ball backwards and is easily dispossessed when put under pressure.
Liverpool has Suarez, Manchester United has Rooney and City has Aguero all of whom are good scorers with good movement on the ball. Arsenal deserves much better than the current pretenders leading our line. There are a lot of proper strikers around that are looking to get out of their current clubs or have an affordable buy-out clause.
Wenger should make getting a proper forward as Priority Number One in January. With a midfield full of ball-players and passers winning games REALLY shouldn’t be a problem for Arsenal. A proper striker will help in converting our ball possession into valuable points.
Very little can be drawn out of this game. It would have ended up as yet another 0-0 draw for Arsenal were it not for the controversial penalties that were awarded in our favour. The midfield created chance after chance but the strikers were found wanting.