Wenger’s dream heir highlights Arsenal’s shortfall

The man earmarked by Arsene Wenger to succeed him at Arsenal, Dragan Stojkovic, believes the north London club need to acquire a ‘real striker’.

Stojkovic played under Wenger in the mid 90’s at Nagoya Grampus and has since maintained a healthy relationship with the Frenchman.

In 2008, Stojkovic, who is regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of Yugoslavian and Serbian football, took charge of Grampus and is in regular contact with Wenger.

Earlier this year, Wenger stated:

‘I would love Stojkovic to be my successor [at Arsenal], there are a hundred reasons for that. Our ideas are the same and we both strive for perfect football. I knew he was going to have teams playing attacking football with many passes.’

The 46-year-old Serbian has since revealed that he previously told his former boss that he needed to sort out Arsenal’s goalkeeping issues. With these issues now sorted – with Szczesny establishing himself as Arsenal’s no.1 – Stojkovic now thinks an addition of a ‘real striker’ should be next on Wenger’s agenda.

Stojkovic told The Blizzard:

‘He also needs a real striker, who is expensive of course. [Robin] Van Persie is not a real striker, [Andrey] Arshavin is not a real striker.’

‘[Emmanuel] Adebayor was a real striker but they decided to sell him for a lot of money. Arsenal get a lot of benefits from his coaching from a financial point of view.’

I agree with the Serbian (not about the Adebayor comment though).

We don’t really have a pure striker amongst our ranks and those on the bench aren’t really effective enough, so the addition of one top quality forward this January would be wise.

Article courtesy of Tony Merakli from Gunnersphere
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