Arsenal’s search for a striker has seen the signing of Alexis Sanchez, but following the Chilean’s comment that Arsene Wenger is still undecided about the position; he will feature in during his first interview to the club’s website. Sanchez can play across the entire attacking third; as a result, the club is still looking at bringing in an out-an-out striker. The likes of Loic Remy have been linked to occupy that position.
However, according to reports, Monaco and French striker Emmanuel Riviere is holding out for a transfer to Arsenal despite his links to West Brom and Newcastle United respectively.
The striker, who saw more game time than usual at Monaco as a result of Radamel Falcao’s injury last season, scored a handful of goals last season for the team that finished second in Ligue 1. The 24 year old scored 10 league goals from 30 appearances, 19 of which were starts, with 2 assist to boot.
However, his holding out for a transfer to Arsenal might remain in the scale of a tunnel that might not see the light. There is no doubting the fact that Arsene Wenger has deviated from the tenets of making signings for the sake of signing. The failure of Park Yu-Chong, Andre Santos, Gervinho and Maroune Chamakh must have brought a rethink on the part of Le Prof to examine the ability of the players that he brings to the Emirates.
With Joel Campbell expected to return to Arsenal this summer following his loan spell with Olympiacos, it is unlikely that Emmanuel Riviere will be a considered an option. Already there is Oliver Giroud, Yaya Sanogo, Alexis Sanchez and the returning Joel Campbell. With the likely signing of another striker, Emmanuel Riviere will have to take his hold that Arsenal would come in for to the back burner.
The 24 year old Monaco striker is still in the fringes of the Municipality club, and his links to the mid-table clubs in the Premier League shows the level he is in the game. Yaya Sanogo and Joel Campbell serve as up and coming strikers in the books of the club. With one of that duo likely to go on loan this coming season, it is unlikely the club will look to bring in a player that will have minimal contribution to the club’s season.
Emmanuel Riviere will have to continue holding out at thin air as Arsenal might not look at him.