When Arsene Wenger announced the squad that eventually traveled to New York, alot of persons were surprised by the non inclusion of Yaya Sanogo in the squad. But after the match at the Red Bulls Arena in New York Arsene Wenger confirmed that the young French striker was injured as he has was left behind because of a thigh strain.
It meant the club only went with just Chuka Akpom as the only recognized striker that traveled to New York. This was made even more obvious by the fact that Arsene Wenger did not start with any striker in the first half against New York Red Bulls with Aaron Ramsey playing further forward.
What does this mean in the striker front for Arsenal?
Presently Oliver Giroud is the only stand out striker in the squad; stand out because he has led the line on his own the last two seasons. While the injured Yaya Sanogo and the returning Joel Campbell are still very raw, and cannot fully be relied upon. Yaya Sanogo showed why he had intended to drop his football dreams to pursue a career as a postman last season when he showed huge energy and power, but always with a poor touch, akin to the driving the delivery van to it destination, but leaving the letters behind in the post office.
Alexis Sanchez is mostly a winger, but in the national set up with Chile he plays as a forward, and with his pace, energy, constant hassling of defenders and work rate, he can play there for Arsenal. Yet the constraints of his height means he would have to be used in a tactical way vis-à-vis the opponent that Arsenal would come up against.
On that basis only, it means alot would still be expected of Oliver Giroud in the coming season. And without a signing in there, he is expected to start the season as the first choice striker with Alexis Sanchez on the wings with Theo Walcott out injured which reduce the quality of striking options on the bench.
When you take out Oliver Giroud and new signing Alexis Sanchez, it becomes obvious that Arsenal is still lacking depth in the attack. Bringing up Yaya Sanogo and Joel Campbell into the picture only serves to show that quantity and not quality is the by word in there except Alexis Sanchez.
Arsene Wenger cannot choose to settle for the current bodies he currently has in attack, has the injury to Yaya Sanogo shows the team still lack depth and quality up top. A lot is expected of Academy product Chuba Akpom, but he is still very raw, yet has a better first touch than Yaya Sanogo.
Whatever Arsene Wenger choose to do between now and the end of the transfer window in the strikers’ department, it imperative that he does not stick to his statement that he would not bring in another striker.