Arsenal have solved their striker crisis

It seems like a long time ago that Arsenal had a genuine world-class forward at their club, with Gooners having to endure years of Olivier Giroud, Nicklas Bendtner, Maroaune Chamakh and other sub-par options- although to be fair to Giroud, he has actually been a decent servant to the club and is better than a lot of people will make out.

Anyway, the French striker will probably find it difficult to break back into Arsenal’s squad following his return from injury as Arsene Wenger has finally cracked the code in attack- and it turns out he had the answers at his disposal in his squad all along.

Alexis Sanchez has shone in a central role in Arsenal’s side this season and his superb first-half lob against Ludogorets in the Champions League this evening saw him continue a fine run of form in the competition. Scoring against Paris Saint-Germain and providing two assists in the victory over FC Basel, Alexis is proving to potentially by Theirry Henry 2.0 having moved into his new role from a wide position.

This isn’t anything new though, as Alexis’ involvement on the European stage has been superb for Arsenal. The Gunners have scored 13 goals in the past two seasons in the Champions League with Alexis Sanchez on the field and during that time, the Chilean has been involved in all but one of those efforts.

He’s not doing it on his own though, as after a decade in North London Theo Walcott is finally performing to the standard many expect from him. Supported by Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, the Englishman has been prolific this season and his numbers show that the Gunners now have two reliable attackers within their squad.

 


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