After a promising start to the season Arsenal have now knocked-out of every cup competition and they Premier League title winning chances have vanished. The major difference between Arsenal being able to compete in big league and European games has been the lack of a consistent striker. The one area Arsene Wenger has been reluctant to improve since the past few seasons.
Many Arsenal fans have been urging for a new centre-forward for a few seasons now. But Arsene Wenger still remains to keep the faith in Frenchman, Oliver Giroud. The Arsenal striker could be lethal at times, and so far this he scored 12 goals. But inconsistency has been the flavour of his game and especially when it comes to the bigger clashes in the Champions League, Giroud goes hiding in the shadows.
Since his move to Arsenal in 2012, Giroud has bagged 11 goals in 26 appearances in the Champions League, but his level of finishing is not in the same league as the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Sergio Aguero, Thomas Muller or Karim Benzema; who have all scored 20 plus goals for their side in each season.
It has been a growing matter for Arsenal, and now it’s getting to the point where if Wenger doesn’t decide to invest, then his job is under real scrutiny. Arsenal haven’t just failed to bring success in the Champions League for six years, but they haven’t lifted the Premier League trophy either for 11 seasons, and this could be 12 at the end of this season. The previous 10 seasons have put that statue into perspective, as Arsene Wenger’s men have finished fourth in six of those seasons, and third in the other four campaigns.
Within this period of no Premiership or Champions League trophies, you cannot fault Arsenal’s quality around the front man. With the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez to supply the chances, they have got world-class playmakers. But simply they do not have a world-class forward, who they so crucially need, to have any chance of European and Domestic glory.
They are on course for another disappointing season, as they are placed 11 points from top of the league Leicester, and have already been knocked out of the Champions League, once again by Barcelona in the round of last 16, on a 5-1 aggregate. Surely Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, will dip into the transfer market this summer, for a centre-forward.
Possibilities of PSG top-man Zlatan Ibrahimovic, or even Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema, who both have been a huge success for their sides in the Champions League on numerous occasions, and if you put the two goalscoring records together, they have scored a total of 93 goals in Europe.