Can a winger take the place of a striker? Obviously NOT!! A winger is supposed to be a quick player who can make runs down the flanks and put in good crosses. Whether or not he scores goals or not is a different issue, though the star is expected to be a creative mind as well. In the world of football today, wingers do tend to score a lot of goals. Despite that, no matter how many goals they score, they can never replace a proper striker and the need for a proper front-man or a center forward always remains.
Now, relating this to the problem at Arsenal and the potential solutions. Well, the Gunners are in need of an additional attacker who can give them at least 20-25 goals a season, after Olivier Giroud failed to deliver “goals” when needed the most.
Understand that the key word here is “GOALS”, the key factor that we were short on. The France international had a good season in which he scored clusters of goals when he was in form.
However, when he lost his touch eventually, his goal drought cost Arsene Wenger’s side not just the Premier League title, but a chance to do something in other cup competitions as well.
The solution to this problem was expected to be signing an additional world-class striker up front, though the void has not been filled so far. Further, the Londoners have now eventually turned to Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez to solve their problems.
The Algerian international who won the PFA Player of the Year award last season is surely a talented player and scored 18 goals and claimed 11 assists in 39 appearances for the Foxes. Despite that, will he be able to fit into the Arsenal setup? Will he be enough?
Claudio Ranieri gave the 25-year-old attacker a lot of freedom to showcase his talent and play with very little pressure at all, as the club was not known to many back then. With the situation that Wenger is in and now that the player has built a reputation for himself, things will be totally the opposite at the Emirates and the former Le Havre man will have his work cut out in order to impress the fans and the boss.
There is no doubt that Mahrez is one of the best players in the top flight of English football at the moment and will make the Gunners a much better side adding some much-needed quality, yet we just need more options.
With the quality that we have seen being added to club’s like Manchester City, United, Chelsea or even Liverpool to an extent, there is a need for a proper striker now. Spurs will also be a threat once again and it seems Everton have big plans this time around as well, with Ronald Koeman signing for them.
Also, there is a need to shine in the Champions League as well, not just be a mandatory group stage participant like every season. An injury to Mahrez and we are back at square one. Wenger can not take that risk this time around and with the money that he has, it will be a smart move to sign yet another player to ensure that the club does not finish trophyless once again!!
Forget that, with the quality of managers coming in like Mourinho, Guardiola, Conte and the others, we might not even finish in the top four if we do not start taking our opponents seriously and spending on adding more stars in order to strengthen our bench, as well as our playing eleven.
Once again keeping a little faith in Wenger, it will be interesting to see what happens once the season starts!!