Although the 2016/17 Premier League campaign certainly remains within its infant stages right in the here and now, the new domestic season has hardly begun in promising style for Arsene Wenger or his determined Gunners outfit.
Failure to pick up all three points against both Liverpool and Leicester City has so far led some previously loyal Arsenal fans up in arms over the club’s perceived lack of transfer activity so far this summer. Whilst Switzerland’s Granit Xhaka does admittedly look as if he’ll eventually come good for the Gunners in due time, cries for a brand new centre-forward to step in a make his mark at the Emirates have nonetheless been ringing out for quite some time now.
Yet is this just another excuse from the beleaguered Emirates faithful in the modern transfer-driven era of top flight Premier League football, or does Arsene Wenger really need to pull his finger out before the situation down in North London begins to take on a whole new turn for the worse?
With 2 weeks until the close of the summer window, Arsenal have made just one major signing so far
I just hope we sign a defender & striker
— Arsenal (@tomgunner14) 17 August 2016
We're saving money for a striker…for a striker we'll never sign.
Where is the 150 million?
— The Arsenal (@DareToWenger) 15 August 2016
Wenger already has the likes of Danny Welbeck, Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud on his books among the current Arsenal striking department – but as one spends most of his time out injured on the treatment table, one just can’t seem to find his ideal position in a Gunners shirt, one operates far more effectively out wide or just behind the designated centre-forward, and one will seemingly always serve to polarize the Emirates faithful for as long as he stays at the club – it’s easy to see why a few significant question-marks have been raised over such a topic in recent weeks.
Three of the four aforementioned striker complaints therefore seem to suggest that Wenger needs to sign a top-class quality front-man before the summer transfer window comes to a conclusive end. Olivier Giroud however, could theoretically serve to impress once more if handed a solid run in the Gunners starting XI without being dropped unnecessarily or without warrant. Yes, the often heavily criticised Frenchman isn’t perfect by any relevant stretch of the imagination – but does that mean Arsenal can justifiably pin all their title-less frustration on the lofty centre-forward whenever the North London outfit fail to end a season on truly triumphant terms? Certainly not.
That said, a big-money reliable front-man seemingly wouldn’t go amiss down at the Emirates this season of course – regardless of the current situation surrounding Olivier Giroud. Alexandre Lacazette could be the man Arsenal fans have been calling out for this whole time, as he certainly seems like a powerful striker who knows where to find the back of the net on more than the odd occasion, supposedly wants to ply his trade among the Premier League in the not too distant future, and would admittedly slot in at the Emirates rather comfortably on first impressions alone.
As his current Ligue 1 employers, in the shape of Olympique Lyonnais, are nonetheless asking for a great deal more than what the often tight pocketed money-men behind the scenes at the Emirates are seemingly willing to pay out – perhaps this is just another deal that was never destined to take place for Arsenal when all is said and done. Things can obviously change between now and the end of the window – but at this particular stage in the proceedings – it looks as if Arsenal simply won’t budge.
So then, whilst Alexandre Lacazette would arguably prove the ideal striker signing down at the Emirates this summer, don’t hold your breath on Arsene Wenger looking to break the bank with the Gunners any time soon…