Arsene Wenger’s consistent pursuit of a striker this summer is a little repetitive. Missing out on players through a stingy approach or just an inability to accept that they need a high calibre finisher in their squad. Okay, so they’re at least trying this summer and that’s a good start for the Gunners.
The attempt at signing Alexandre Lacazette is a step in the right direction and at least gives the wealthy Arsenal season ticket holders hope that they can pick up a big name, high-scoring forward to compete with the classy, but occasionally disappointing, Olivier Giroud.
There is, oddly, a dearth of strikers in the market at the moment. The movement of these forwards is rare as a result, they are an extremely valuable commodity. Players who are scoring regularly are slapped with a rather ludicrous price tag before anyone can attempt to lure them away.
However, these mystical players are there if you look in the right places. Here are THREE Wenger should consider…
Lukaku’s immediate future looks certain to be away from Everton and there is likely to be a clamour of sorts for his signature if/when he does move. The domineering Belgian netted 18 Premier League goals last season and, at just 23, is breaking records with the ease of a potential all-time great.
His pace and power make him a monstrous challenge to mark, but there are questions over the subtler elements of his game. Lukaku’s ability to hold the ball up and link play is still far, far off the quality of Olivier Giroud, for instance.
It would take Arsenal to smash their own transfer record to secure the current Toffee and that is something Wenger is unlikely to do for a player still so unpolished.
Antoine Griezmann has been deemed unavailable by many because he recently signed a new contract. However, we all know that that means very, very little and the truly important ramification of that contract is the marked increase in his release clause.
The European Championship golden boot winner would command a princely fee to be lured away from Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid, but his stellar performances during an excellent club season and at the Euros show that he would be worth such a fee. Sharp movement, great acceleration and a cool finish, Griezmann would be the perfect striker to either rotate, or play just alongside Giroud.
A new forward is a must if Arsenal are seriously going to compete for the Premier League crowd and signing Griezmann would arguably make them title favourites.
Icardi, after being a troublesome character in his earlier years, has become a near talismanic figure for Internazionale. Whilst he found the net on 16 occasions in Serie A last season, Icardi is still only 23-years-old and should be considered as one of the most promising forwards in European football.
Without the burning pace of Walcott or the strength of Lukaku, Icardi is actually a far more rounded forward than Arsenal currently possess. Able to link play comfortably and excellent at retaining possession with his back to goal, the Argentine has all the facets of his game to become an Arsenal hero.