Arsene Wenger was criticized by fans and pundits alike for not signing a striker in the summer transfer window. Many believed Arsenal needed to sign an ‘A-list’ striker as well as cover for Francis Coquelin to mount a serious challenge for the title, the striking position was considered more of a priority. Even Arsenal legend and record goalscorer, Thierry Henry weighed in with his opinion towards the end of last season when he said he does not think the Gunners can win their first league title since 2004 with Olivier Giroud leading the line.
Theo Walcott started the season as the first choice striker and was doing reasonably well while Olivier Giroud made a habit of scoring regularly when coming on as a sub. The French man regained his place when Walcott got injured and he has been enjoying an impressive spell in front of goal. The striker has scored 15 goals in all competitions for Arsenal this season including an impressive hattrick against Olympiakos with his team needing a result to progress to the knock out stages of the UEFA Champions league.
The Arsenal coach has now come out to defend his strikers and also defend his decision not to sign another striker even if the club were linked with Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema throughout the summer.
Giving his thoughts on the subject, the French man said, “I could not understand the frustration of the fans, Giroud has the confidence. I have said that many times. He has the mental stature to play in this position. We had Giroud, but we also had Theo Walcott who I believe is a world-class striker, we had Alexis Sanchez who is a world-class striker, and we had Danny Welbeck who is a world-class striker. You have to spend a huge amount of money to improve on that four.”
While the coach is right that the club will have to spend a lot of money to improve on those players, it is debatable that they are all world class bar Alexis Sanchez