It is no more secret that one of Arsenal’s greatest need is a striker. A quality striker (or strikers) that will rattle opposing defenders. One that will give several attacking options upfront.
Arsenal is in dire need of players who convert consistently. Attackers that have a knack for scoring goals. Strikers that can support Olivier Giroud (or even bench him!)
With players like Danny Welbeck sidelined for a long time and players like Theo Walcott not bringing their A game, Wenger put all the responsibility, last season, of scoring goals on Giroud. And Giroud chose that exact period to go on a goal-drought.
Looking back, there are other options Wenger could have explored instead of totally depending on Giroud. He could have recalled either Chuba Akpom or Yaya Sanogo from their loan spells, in his time of desperation. But he chose not to.
Louis van Gaal did exactly the opposite by giving youngster Marcus Rashford a chance and the English teenager did not disappoint.
Wenger could have recalled a young Akpom from Hull City, but he didn’t. Whether it was the Gunners’ boss decision to stick with his players or his lack of confidence in the 20-year-old striker’s ability, the answer will probably remain unknown.
If Wenger does not think that the player is ready to play for Arsenal at the moment, then it could only be a sign of things to come for the England U-20 and U-21 international, who might be sent out on loan several times before becoming an established player with the team.
Akpom put on a good-enough performance with his pace and trickery when he was given the chance to play for the first time. He should never have been sent away.
Talking about Sanogo, the former French U-21 international was a highly-rated player in his country but has managed to do nothing for us at all. He failed to scored in 11 league appearances for the first team.
He has been on loan at different clubs as well and yet has done nothing to show that he deserves more playing time at the Emirates. If anyone is thinking Sanogo will be a huge star for our team in the future, I think that person needs to be checked by a doc.
Unfair words maybe. But now that both Sanogo and Akpom will be returning to Arsenal for the upcoming season, it’s only fair to start the analysis now. Would they find a place in the first team? Have they done enough to even play again for Arsenal? What will Wenger do?
With Wenger, you never know. Arsene could decide to keep playing Olivier Giroud when the next season arrives while he waits for Danny Welbeck to recover and then send Sanogo and Akpom off on another loan season somewhere in Europe.