It seems that hardly a week goes by that we do not see whole squadrons of Arsenal fans questioning the talent and mind-set of their current top marksmen, Olivier Giroud.
The majority of the concerns that centre around Giroud, stem from the fact he does not wholly convince in front of goal.
His league record is decent, 53goals from 118games, just shy of the one in two target that most strikers aim to attain. However, to lead a side to the title you need to be finding the net with more regularity.
Look at the strikers who play for Arsenal’s rivals for the title this year; Vardy, Kane and Aguero, they are all going to outscore the big Frenchman, and by quite a margin.
His fans will point to his link-up play, his abilities to get the best out of Ozil and Sanchez, as well as the additional option of playing it airily and will be sure that these facets negate his limp scoring record.
The minimum target for all top level strikers is the twenty goal mark, something Giroud has never managed – his highest of 16 tally coming in the 2013/14 season.
The widespread thought is that if Arsenal are ever to reign as champions again, then they will need a top quality frontman, someone with more powerful weaponry than either Giroud or the wildly erratic Theo Walcott.
The man reported to be heavily considered is the former Manchester United and current Bayer Levekusen attacker, Javier Hernandez, AKA “the Little P”.
The resurgence of Hernandez’ career has been nothing short of miraculous, from keeping the benches of Old Trafford and then the Bernabeu warm, he is now one of the most feared goal scorers in Europe.
He currently sits fourth in the Bundesliga scoring charts behind Aubameyang, Muller and Lewandowski. He also racked up five goals in the Champions League group stage, coincidentally the same number as Giroud.
While the little Mexican has an undeniable gift for converting chances into goals, I feel he is too one dimensional to succeed at the level Arsenal will require of him. Perhaps I am being a touch harsh on the player, perhaps he could strike up a partnership with Giroud in the same manner that has proved to be so bountiful with his current partner in crime; Stefan Kessling.
If it were up to me, and I were in Wenger’s full length puffa coat, I would bide my time and look to a player with a higher calibre still.
The Spanish football expert, Sid Lowe said recently on his podcast that there are reports in Spain that Real Madrid are looking to offload Karim Benzema in an effort to bring in Bayern Munich’s star, Robert Lewandowski.
Benzema in my opinion is the man Arsene Wenger needs if he is ever to once again look down upon the rest of the Premier League. Benzema at his very best reminds me of the Original Ronaldo.
A relentless beast comprised of power, pace and tenacity, but with the technical grace to regularly turn the momentum of games in his sides favour.
At the age of 28 he shows no signs of slowing down, he has 19 La Liga goals already.
The current Madrid man is perfectly suited to life at the Emirates, whereas Javier Hernandez would, sadly, be yet another in a long line of attackers who flatter to deceive.
Source: PA Sport