The cries for a striker reached fever pitch last season following the failure of Oliver Giroud to last the course during the key moments of last season. Added to those grim moments was how he missed some presentable chances in key games last season. However, the club has set out to address these glaring weaknesses from the past two seasons.
With the purchase of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona for a fee around £30 million, the uncertainty as to where the Chilean forward will feature in has raised the need for the club to bring in another striker.
The one popularly referred to as ‘boy wonder’ in his home country can feature across the attacking third (in both planks and at the tip of the attack). Though, he is blessed with pace, and leads the line most times for Chile, his distinct lack of height might hinder his ability to lead the line in some Premier League matches.
This brings the pursuit of another striker into shape focus. Arsene Wenger is known to have a keen interest in Loic Remy, and according to reports, the club is willing to meet the asking price of Queen Park Rangers, but the stumbling block remains the wage demands of the French international. His demand is reportedly £80,000, which Arsenal is reluctant to meet as he has not yet proved himself in a pressurized environment. And for all intent and purpose, the club will not want to place such high wages on a player that that could turn the way of past players in the mode of Nicklas Bendtner, Denilson and Maroune Chamakh who were all on high wages.
The club will ultimately want a situation where Loic Remy will be on a more reduced wage, and when he gets to the club, his contract can be improved on the basis of improved performances.
The club’s quest for another striker to complement Oliver Giroud is made obvious from the comments of Alexis Sanchez when he said Arsene Wenger is still undecided on where to play him. This only means that Le Prof could see him as a winger in some games and as a striker in other games.
Overall, an out-an-out striker is distinctly obvious on the basis that Oliver Giroud and Yaya Sanogo will be the only conventional strikers at the club. And the quest to get a striker with pace is the key as Oliver Giroud is lacking in that area.
What do you think? Should we oblige Remy what he wants or look elsewhere?