Arsenal’s pursuit of a striker has seen many players linked to the club. While several of the links have bothered on the surreal, others have tended to come from complicated nature of passages that the summer transfer window brings.
Over the past few weeks the speculations and reports have surrounded the possible signing of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona, but reports have emerged that Arsenal are also interested in another Barcelona striker in the person of Bojan Krkic. The 23 year old who burst into the scene a few years ago has gone under the radar ever since. It would seem Arsene Wenger sees something in him that others do not.
However, how does this all fit into Arsenal’s present striker situation?
The talk has been of bringing in just a striker that will complement the efforts of Oliver Giroud, but judging by the number of bodies that have been released by the club this summer, it would mean the club needs more than one striker. Nicklas Bendtner was one of those released by the club following the expiry of his contract. Bojan Krkic could well be the direct replacement for Nicklas Bendtner.
Many would claim that the club does not need more than one signing in the striking department. But going by the antecedents of a by gone era, the era of the invincible, there were five strikers in the books of the club; Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Nwankwo Kanu, Sylvain Wiltord and Jose Antonio Reyes.
Although, Arsene Wenger adopted a 4-4-2 formation during the days of the invincible, which made it easy for these players to come in during substitutions. That however is a complete contrast to the 4-3-3 formation that holds sway at present which means that only one striker currently fits into Arsene Wenger’s team.
In the present scenario, Oliver Giroud is the first striker and Yaya Sanogo who might go on loan is the second striker, and any striker that will come in during the transfer window. If two strikers are brought in during this window in Bojan Krkic and Alexis Sanchez it would mean, there would be four strikers in the books of the club.
A caveat though is the height of both players which would mean that, they will be completely different from the height of Sanogo and Giroud who are both tall players.
The number of striker(s) the club decides to bring in will go a long way in determining how the fortunes of the club go in the new season. Though, Arsene Wenger’s tendency not to rotate his squad could create a situation where any additional striker brought in addition to the main striker, that would be sign, might find it difficult to get first team football. Such a player will have to come in the event of injury or in the domestic cup games.
However, it remains to be seen the number of striker(s) the club decides to bring in at the end of the transfer window.