Welbeck shines but Arsenal still need a world class striker


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Olivier Giroud’s Arsenal career may be coming to an end. For the last few years, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has placed all of his trust in the Frenchman only for his compatriot to underperform and struggle in front of goal. In fact, Giroud has scored just two goals – in an FA Cup replay against Hull City – since January 13th and the Gunners have flourished with Danny Welbeck at the helm, especially in recent fixtures against Everton and Watford.

Welbeck isn’t the world class talent that Arsenal need upfront but he’s certainly better than Giroud. The former Manchester United striker seems to be a much better fit in Arsenal’s free-flowing attack and the 29-year-old France international may find himself looking for a new club this summer. If the Gunners are going to challenge for the Premier League title next season, they need to invest in a world class striker. As good as Welbeck has been, he’s not the man to lead Arsenal for an entire campaign.

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With Zlatan Ibrahimovic out of contract this summer, Wenger should do everything to try and convince the Paris Saint-Germain striker to move to the Premier League. While he’s not getting any younger, Ibrahimovic has continued to defy the odds and has netted 30 league goals this season at the ripe old age of 34. The Sweden international is a machine and Arsenal should offer him a blank cheque and pay him what he wants. If nothing else, his sheer presence alone would help to create space for the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Alex Iwobi and Mesut Ozil.

Another candidate? Gonzalo Higuain. While the Argentina forward has been criticised in the past for his perceived lack of work rate, he’s lethal inside the 18-yard box. Like Ibrahimovic, Higuain has netted 30 league goals for Napoli this campaign but the Argentina international has plenty of years ahead of him. While it’s likely that he would cost around £60 million, he’s well worth the investment. Higuain is the striker to take Arsenal to the next level and Gunners fans know it.

With seven games to go, Arsenal are still just about in this season’s title race but it will take a minor miracle for the Gunners to pip both Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur to the crown. As of April 4th, Wenger’s men are priced at 6/1 in Bet365’s Premier League betting markets and Arsenal can only try to win their remaining seven fixtures and see how their rivals perform. If the Gunners perform as they’ve done in their last two league games, they stand a real chance of winning their last seven games.

In fact, many will argue that the Gunners should begin to prepare for next season. With Ibrahimovic set to star in this summer’s European Championship, it might be wise for Arsenal to act quickly – especially as other Premier League clubs have also been linked with his signature. Although Higuain is probably favoured, Ibrahimovic has a certain character and personality about him and Gunners fans would love the Sweden star to move to the Emirates, even if it was just for one or two years.

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