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Reports suggest Arsenal unlikely to sign a replacement striker for Giroud

Aug 31, 2014, 2:10 PM EDT

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Arsenal already had a depth problem at the front of their attack.

Now, with Olivier Giroud out 3-4 months with a broken tibia, they have a complete lack of players up front.

And yet, it seems Arsene Wenger is content.

With Loic Remy, Danny Welbeck, and Radamel Falcao available among plenty of others, Arsenal is unlikely to move for a striker before the transfer window shuts tomorrow night, according to multiple reports in England.

Instead, Remy was snatched up by Chelsea, Falcao looks to possibly be on his way to Manchester City, and Welbeck at the moment is appearing to be either staying at Old Trafford or maybe off to Spurs on loan.

The decision is questionable at best, especially after watching Sanogo against Leicester City. He timed a run perfectly on a play with Sanchez that led to Arsenal’s first goal, but that was about it as far as good moments for the Frenchman. In fact, he should have scored on that play, but was completely baffled by the bounce and is lucky the rebound fell to a teammate.

Otherwise, he was useless in buildup and poor finishing chances. He blew a great chance on a counter-attack in first-half stoppage time when he was caught needlessly offside.  Just a few minutes later he gave a hilariously bad pass away outside the box to kill another buildup.

It’s unsure how Wenger plans to proceed without Giroud, but Sanogo as his regular starter up front could be quite problematic.

Sanchez played striker against Besiktas in the Champions League, and was quite good there, so that could be a potential option.  So too could be Lukas Podolski, but the German was left on the bench against Leicester in favor of Sanogo.

Wenger did, however, say after the match that “We want to and are looking into that. We’re very active.” But it’s hard to trust what managers say to the media about transfer dealings.

Anything can happen on Deadline Day for sure, that should be remembered – especially after this performance by Sanogo, which could make Wenger rethink his plans – but as of now, stagnation could be the plan A for Arsenal.

Don’t forget to tune in to the “Transfer Deadline Day Show” on NBCSN (Monday, 6-8 p.m. ET).

  1. wynswrld - Aug 31, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Article based solely on a tweet from Julian Bennetts? Who the heck is Julian Bennetts?

    • The Kop - Aug 31, 2014 at 9:18 PM

      Julian Bennetts is a London-based sports journalist who covers soccer and rugby. His input was one very small part of this article. If you were trying to troll Kyle you failed. Failure is hideous. You should either try harder or quit trolling, because this was very sad. It made me feel sorry for you.

  2. The Kop - Aug 31, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Yaya Sanogo is terrible – he has spindly uncoordinated legs and he looks like every hard tackle will send him to the tunnel.

    He consistently finds offsides positions and on the occasions he’s not off he bungles balls that are played to feet. He dummied a square ball at the penalty spot in a situation where any halfway confident striker would have struck first time.

    For the life of me I can’t figure out why Joel Campbell hasn’t received his chance yet.

    • footydoc - Aug 31, 2014 at 10:04 PM

      He is the French Peter Crouch, oui?

      • The Kop - Sep 1, 2014 at 10:30 AM

        Peter Crouch has better feet and much better heading skills.

  3. wynswrld - Aug 31, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    Trolling? Calm down. It was a serious (although in retrospect, poorly phrased) question. Thanks for the clarification.

    I agree Bennetts’ input was a small part of the article, but it was the only evidence offered for the conclusion that Arsene will sit tight. Other than that, I agree completely that Sanogo is not the answer.

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