Morning! Simone has penned you a strikers blog post, I’ll have more of an FA Cup flavour later on this morning, in the meantime, enjoy the post!
Hello you lovely Grovers, Pedro got me thinking about strikers, (and by got me thinking I mean asked me to think about). Who would improve us? Who would be an instant hit? Who is genuinely world class?
I’ve been seeing a lot of this on twitter…
“Cech, Schneiderlin and a WC Striker and we’ll challenge for the title…”
Very few people have made their minds up about who this world class addition would be.
Well I have, but let’s first rule out some contenders.
Rafa Benitez has said that when he takes over in Madrid he wants to build a side around Gareth Bale. This would mean that the Welshman would move into his preferred central role. Some people have speculated that this means Ronaldo would move to play as a central striker. I’m not entirely sure that this is true, but for argument sake we’ll pretend it’s a given. That means that Benzema may be surplus to requirements.
My personal opinion is that if he came to Arsenal he would do well. His link-up play is good, he’s strong, quick and can play with his back to goal, but he’s not as good a focal point as Giroud.
I always take the stats of a player at one of the big Spanish teams with small pinch of salt. Having played two more league games than Oli he’s only scored one more goal, and he’s got Ronaldo not only assisting him, but also drawing defenders away from him. There’s also an argument that Madrid and Barcelona are so much better than the rest of the Spanish teams (except Athletico) that it’s easier to score for them than for us here in England.
Overall I still think he’s be great, but I think there’s someone better, but we’ll get to him soon.
He’s caught my attention this year because of the amount of goals he’s scored for Lyon, and what I like the most about him is that he’ll shoot from anywhere if he thinks he’s got a chance.
He reminds me a bit of Aguero in the way that he plays, and of course there’s room for improvement. My worry is that scoring goals in France doesn’t mean he’ll be scoring goals in England. For every Hazard tearing thing up for Lille and coming here and doing well, there’s a Gervinho or Chamakh. You just never know if the player will make the transition successfully. This may be a touch controversial, but I also don’t think he’d bring anything different to the team that a fully fit and firing Walcott wouldn’t bring.
The big Uruguayan seems to fit the bill for the Premier League in terms of speed, size and strength, but does he fit the bill for Arsenal?
He’s been shunted out to the right a lot at PSG to accommodate Ibrahimovic so it’s harder to judge, but I don’t think he would bring anything to the team that Giroud doesn’t.
He has a lovely touch, good accuracy and great hair, but so does our big Frenchman. Pound or pound their stats are similar, and bearing in mind that Oli is proven in the Premier League I have to rule Cavani out.
Another player with similar pound for pound stats to Giroud, but in a undisputedly inferior league, what Gonzalo would offer is an ability to score an ugly goal in a crowded box. He’s also got good vision, but he lacks when it comes to link-up play, which is so important to our game plan.
Finally we come to my choice of central striker. Borussia Dortmund’s beautiful Marco Reus. Aside from being gorgeous, he is an outstanding player, and having watched him on a number of occasions, I think he would improve us.
Now I know what you’re thinking, Reus isn’t really a striker, but neither was Thierry Henry, and he worked out rather well.
He has the pace Giroud doesn’t have. He has the link-up play Higuain doesn’t have.
He has the technical ability Lacazette has yet to develop and he would offer more all across the front line than Cavani or Benzema would as they aren’t quite as effective when they play out of position. For me what Reus would offer as well as pace and technical quality is an adaptability that we sometimes lack against stubborn opposition. He could switch to either side as well as play through the middle, and I get excited just thinking about how he would dovetail with Alexis and Theo, (if he stays).He’s also young and I think that if he’s not already
He could switch to either side as well as play through the middle, and I get excited just thinking about how he would dovetail with Alexis and Theo, (if he stays). He’s also young and I think that if he’s not already world class he will be soon. He does have injury issues, but if anyone can keep him fit
He’s also young and I think that if he’s not already world class he will be soon. He does have injury issues, but if anyone can keep him fit it’s our own Shad Forsyth.
So there you have it. Cech, Schneiderlin and Reus, and we’ll challenge for the title.
Special mentions to Llorente because he’s decent, but too similar to Giroud, and Falcao because in the right system he’s awesome, he’s just been such a failure for United.
Also don’t be surprised if Arsene signs a 12 year old from the North Korean 17th division. He does these things.
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