With just nine days away from the close of the transfer window, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has yet to make a much-needed addition to the Gunners squad – having been linked with strikers and defenders all summer.
French forward Olivier Giroud has led the line for Arsenal since Robin van Persie’s departure in 2012, but there are still doubts over whether the Frenchman is capable of leading Arsenal to Premier League glory.
Wenger has been linked with a considerable amount of strikers, including Gonzalo Higuain, Jamie Vardy, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Alvaro Morata, Alexandre Lacazette and Mauro Icardi, but they have either used Arsenal as a stepping stone to earn a new contract at their respective clubs or opted for moves elsewhere.
Having failed to sign Luis Suarez from Liverpool before the Uruguayan’s move to Barcelona, Wenger believes he has, in his ranks, a player of Suarez’s ilk – Alexis Sanchez.
In the wake of the Gunners goalless draw against Leicester on Saturday, Wenger was quizzed on whether Sanchez could continue to feature upfront regularly.
“I think yes”, Wenger answered.
It is worth trying as he has the quality to go behind. Honestly he did not have a convincing game. I think he is one of those who is not completely ready physically.
“But on the flanks he uses a lot of energy by chasing back and I’d like to use his energy sometimes a bit more efficiently by going behind the defenders as he’s a good finisher.
“He has played centre-forward at Barcelona. He has similar qualities to [Luiz] Suarez.”
Although Wenger’s idea is acceptable, the question remains who will suitably replace the Chilean on the flanks? Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alex Iwobi and Serge Gnabry are all available but their inconsistency makes their choice a difficult one.