Ever since Patrick Viera scored the last penalty of the 2005 FA cup final, Arsenal have failed to win a silverware, let alone maintain the consistency with which they used to play. There have been a lot of debates as to why this has happened. For me, the main reason for this is Arsenal’s inability to replace Thierry Henry, the great king of Highbury!
Eduardo, Chamakh, Bendtner, Carlos Vela are some of the strikers Arsenal signed/promoted after the departure of Henry who impressed a lot of people, but they just didn’t have that killer instinct that Arsenal are desperately in need of. Robin van Persie’s 37 goals in the 2011-12 campaign gave a lot of Arsenal fans hope that the search for a prolific striker had finally ended, but RvP’s departure to Manchester United left Arsenal in ruins, again!
The acquisition of Giroud (Top scorer of Ligue 1) and Lukas Podolski seemed to be the right path Arsenal were taking. But with Giroud scoring 13 goals (and 7 assists) and Podolski scoring 15 goals (10 assists) in all competitions, both can be said to have had an “average” debut season with Arsenal. Unfortunately, it wasn’t good enough to lead Arsenal to any significant achievement, except retaining the top 4 spot. Though both of them are good prospects for the next season and with increased hopes from Theo Walcott, the question remains, Will any Arsenal striker be able to find that level of consistency that king Henry had?
Last season, what was interesting to see was Walcott playing up front. Although he scored some good goals and has the speed and finishing necessary to be a striker, he doesn’t seem to have the physical ability to play the central defenders, which was clear after the 1st leg against Bayern Munich in the champions league. In all, he doesn’t seem to be the kind of striker Arsenal need to get to the top.
Recent rumors linking Arsenal with the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Stevan Jovetic and Wayne Rooney have again got the fans’ hopes back up! Now Wayne Rooney is a player who needs no introduction to the footballing world. And if Arsenal do sign him, he might well be the man to lead them to glory! Even Jovetic, with 35 goals in 116 appearances for Fiorentina and Higuain with an incredible 107 goals in 187 appearances for Real Madrid show a lot of promise.
Who Arsenal actually do sign, remains to be seen. But it’s clear that the current firepower that Arsenal have is just not enough to get them back to the top. In the end, of course, Arsene knows best!