Arsenal fans have been crying out for Arsene Wenger to buy a world class striker over the last few years. Though Olivier Giroud is good, he is not consistent enough to be starting every game for a top level team.
Arsenal are linked with the same names every transfer window: Gonzalo Higuain, Robert Lewandowski, Karim Benzema and Alexandre Lacazette to name but a few. But for whatever reason, a move for one of these stars never materialises. Instead, the Gunners fans get frustrated and are left with either Danny Welbeck up front, or with Alexis Sanchez played out of position.
With rumours that Arsene Wenger could leave in the summer, which striker should any Arsenal manager look to sign?
One player Arsenal have recently been linked with is Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Augbameyang, who has brightened up the Bundesliga this season. With 22 goals in 25 games, as well as five assists, the man from Gabon is in explosive form.
At the age of 26, he is about to hit his peak, and if Arsenal are serious about mounting a title challenge then they need this man to spark up the Emirates.
Another star who would go down well with Wenger is Atletico Madrid man Antoine Griezmann. Griezmann has been one of La Liga’s hottest prospects in recent years, and his versatility in positions anywhere across the front make him a really exciting player. For Atletico he is deployed as a striker, but can also play on the wing, something that would interest Arsenal fans.
With 16 goals and three assists in 29 games, the France international is one of Europe’s best young players.
Arsenal fans will want somebody who is proven. So how about Juventus’ Spanish striker Alvaro Morata, who played a huge role in Juventus’ journey to the Champions League final last season.
At the age of 23, he still has a good career ahead of him, and has the potential to get even better. This season he has struggled to get on the score sheet with Paulo Dybala taking all the goals, but he still has four goals and three assists in 27 games.
Or how about Swiss teenage sensation Breel Embolo who, at the age of just 19, still has a long career ahead of him and is earning plaudits from across Europe this season. Arsenal have a reputation for polishing rough diamonds, and Embolo certainly fits that description.
Another potential addition could be Fulham’s French striker Moussa Dembele, who has 14 goals in 31 games in the Championship this season. He has been linked with a summer move to a number of top Premier League sides, including Arsenal, and is expected to be the subject of a bidding war.
However, that aforementioned reputation Arsenal has for improving and developing young talent could make a switch to the Emirates are far more attractive destination than most for Dembele this summer.
Either way, surely Arsenal can’t go another transfer window without signing a world class striker?