Simply put, Arsenal might be a world class striker away from Premier League glory. Arsène Wenger’s side are incredibly strong yet lack that lethal finisher who could guarantee their first title since 2004. The Gunners have been linked with a summer move for Karim Benzema but latest reports suggest that Wenger is concerned about overspending on the Real Madrid star.
That is ridiculous. Benzema is one of the deadliest forwards in world football and is more than worth his weight in gold. The France international has been an integral part of Real’s attack since he arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu back in 2009. Benzema’s ability to create opportunities out of nothing is one of his greatest attributes and Arsenal would do well to find a better finisher inside the 18-yard box.
The limitations on Arsenals current forward line are clear to see, while no one can doubt Giroud is a decent player he is not in the same league as other Premier League forwards. Looking at this year’s top scorer market on Coral bookmakers Giroud is 20/1 with 6 other forwards ahead of him, for a team challenging for the league that is not good enough.
Arsenal must bite the bullet and pay up. Whether he costs £35 million or £55 million, Benzema guarantees goals and will be well suited to Arsenal’s fast, attacking style of play. The 27-year-old has his best years ahead of him and would link up well with the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in attack.
Arsenal supporters are praying that the club strongly consider a bid for the striker and aren’t put off by his high wage demands and club record transfer fee. The Gunners could consider a move for another forward and have been linked with a number of other quality players.
The rest of the squad is exceptionally strong. The Gunners moved quickly to sign Petr Cech from rivals Chelsea earlier this summer and, although the four-time Premier League winner was at fault for both of West Ham’s goals in their opening match of the campaign, he remains one of the best goalkeepers in England’s top flight. At 33 years old, Cech is getting on but he’s still got plenty to give throughout the duration of his contract at Arsenal.
The Gunners are stacked in midfield and defensive areas. They have two competent wing-backs on both flanks, while the likes of Francis Coquelin, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere are more than capable of sweeping up in front of the back four. In attacking midfield, Özil, Santi Cazorla, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott provide width, pace and creativity.
Although the opening day defeat was a disappointment, Arsenal supporters will remain positive of their chances this season. However, the Gunners must invest in a top striker to stand a real chance of success. While it would be foolish to claim that Benzema will guarantee Premier League glory, his arrival certainly wouldn’t hinder their title ambitions.
The France international would link up well with Arsenal’s attacking midfielders and would definitely be an upgrade from Olivier Giroud. With less than three weeks until the transfer window slams shut, Wenger should act quickly to ensure the Gunners aren’t forced into panic buying at the end of August.