Arsenal really are close this year. While pundits and fans alike pour scorn on the idea that this year finally could be the year for Arsene Wengers’ side to raise the Premier League trophy, the fact is that they are top of the table, and have never had a better chance in the last barren decade.
I believe all they need in order to achieve this Holy Grail is a few well-chosen January signings. Nothing substantial, but enough quality and experience to give the Gunners the edge that they need in order to stay ahead of the likes of Man City and Leicester. What’s more, I believe the idea of one of those signings being Troy Deeney isn’t as foolish and risky as some might think.
Granted, he may not be the Watford striker making the headlines and banging in the goals at the moment, with that honour going to Odion Ighalo, but he is a player who I believe could be extremely useful for Arsenal.
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The main point to bear in mind here is that Deeney would only really be a back up for Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott. The latter duo have performed admirably on most occasions so far this season, and bearing in mind that they also have Joel Campbell waiting in reserve in case of injuries, Deeney would really only be a bench player.
However, that is not say to say he could not have an important role at the club over the coming months as the Premier League title race draws to a close. Injuries to key players at key times have derailed the Gunners’ title challenges spectacularly over the last few seasons, and Wenger will be keen to ensure that his side doesn’t suffer a similar fate this time around.
Deeney would be another valuable back up to the first team, as well as being a player who’s shown he can score goals and unsettle defences at the highest level while playing for a team that entered the season ranked as definite minnows.
The Watford man may not at first look like a snug fit with the Arsenal way of playing, but dig a little deeper and the picture changes. Deeney has shown that not only can he play as the traditional target man in the lower divisions, he is also an accomplished goalscorer, and can produce all types of finishes.
As well as this, he has shown his prowess as part of a pair up front, with his hold up play, quick feet and slide rule passes being the perfect accompaniment to Ighalo’s pace, power and explosive finishing. Can anyone else see him and Walcott working well together?
While Giroud may well last until the end of the season without picking up any serious injuries, that is a chance that the Premier League leaders should not have to take.
Arsenal can easily afford to buy him, need a back up centre forward in case Giroud gets injured, and Deeney is a player who has already shown he can terrorise defences and find the back of the net consistently at Premier League level – what’s not to like about this possible deal?