Solving Arsenal's Striking Crisis: Analysing the Two Best Transfer Targets Who Should be On Arsene Wenger's Summer Wish-listPublished May 26, 2016
Arsenal need a striker. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Olivier Giroud seems like a nice guy and there is no doubting the effort the Frenchman puts in, and hell he can even string a good run of form together, just as long as this coincides with a succession of matches against average to poor opposition.
Arsene Wenger’s side doesn’t lack creativity, with the likes of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Santi Cazorla and co. providing plenty of ammunition, but the North London side lack a front-man of undisputed quality.
By all acounts there are two players, both apparently available this summer, who could very ably fill the void.
Romelu Lukaku (Everton)
The Belgian international is simply too good to be playing at an Everton side who are firmly entrenched in mid-table mediocrity. The former Chelsea man racked up 18 Premier League goals last season, a superb tally given where the Toffees languished in the table and there is every chance that the 23-year-old could prove a big success at a side in the upper reaches of the table.
Clearly things didn’t work out for Lukaku at Stamford Bridge but that was perhaps more down to bad timing than any issue related to the striker’s ability.
Lukaku would suit an Arsenal attacking style that relies heavily on speed and one imagines the player would jump at the chance of a move to the Emirates Stadium, though such a move would clearly cost the Gunners a massive sum. Proven Premier League quality comes at a price.
Alvaro Morata (Juventus)
The 23-year-old has been a relative success since moving to Turin but is still by no means a first team regular and the Juventus man should be on Arsene Wenger’s summer transfer wish-list.
Last term Morata started just 11 Serie A fixtures but still racked up eight goals and when called upon the former Real Madrid man has not been found wanting.
One potential obstacle to such a move could come from Morata’s former club. The La Liga side have a buy-back clause and many sources claim the Bernabeu outfit are ready to re-sign the strong forward (for a fee of around £23m) and then look to quickly sell the player at a profit.
Much like Lukaku at Chelsea, Morata was also not given adequate time to make it at Real Madrid and perhaps many would’ve predicted the Spanish international would’ve made more of his career by this point but time is still very much on his side.
Clearly Olivier Giroud isn’t the only striker available to Arsene Wenger but worryingly, for Arsenal fans, he is certainly the best option.
Danny Welbeck has done okay since leaving Manchester United for Arsenal but his form is evidence enough as to why the Old Trafford side were happy to allow the England international to move to a direct rival.
Theo Walcott has failed to convince when used in a central striking role and even when out wide the Arsenal man has flattered to deceive, and now a decade into his Arsenal career there must be serious question marks as to his long-term future at the club.