A frustrating draw against Everton on Monday night only highlights Arsenal’s pressing need for some further offensive additions. In particular, they need to start looking at buying a new striker.
Arsene Wenger brought Olivier Giroud over from Montpellier during last summer, but the big Frenchman just can’t handle the responsibility of being Arsenal’s main man.
I get that there’s no point in comparing him to Robin Van Persie. He’s simply not that type of player. But the fact is, Giroud is a rather limited player. His build, lack of movement and positioning suggests a ‘finishing machine’, a Nistelrooy type, in the side to do one thing: score goals.
And whilst his goal tally isn’t bad for his first season in England, the number of chances he misses is rather alarming. This was the case against Everton, where his wayward finishing proved costly for the Gunners.
The summer transfer window provides an opportunity for Arsenal to right these wrongs.
According to Footy Latest, Arsene Wenger is ‘on the tail’ of Edinson Cavani, a player who the Arsenal boss spoke of in glowing terms during the January transfer window. This would be an exciting move for Arsenal and could even put them in the running for the title next season.
After all, Cavani is one of the best strikers in Europe, there’s little disputing that. He’s Serie A’s most deadly forward, one of the best finishers in the game and unlike Giroud, he’s mobile and he gets about the pitch.
The Napoli striker can win the ball in the air, but he can also control it, flick it past people, run with it and of course, put it in the back of the net.
Giroud’s playing style is too predictable, but Cavani is able to make things happen even when he doesn’t have his shooting boots on (a rare occasion indeed). He’s also a tireless worker and would quickly gain favour amongst Arsenal fans.
Footy Latest also claim that Wenger is looking to secure a deal for Napoli’s talent left-back, Juan Camilo Zuniga. Whilst I like Zuniga, I don’t think this signing is particularly likely. After all, Wenger only recently bought Nacho Monreal, so isn’t exactly short of left-backs.
Besides, Edinson Cavani will cost enough on his own, without adding more players to Arsenal’s tab. Bringing in a striker should be Arsenal’s priority and Edinson Cavani is the man to get.
What’s your take? Should the Gunners be in the market for Edinson Cavani and Juan Zuniga?
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