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The Gunners Need A Talisman In Their Arsenal

Monday 20th March 2017
It's like the whole football world has been banging its head against a brick wall, but The Gunners needs a goal scoring centre-forward. Yet again after another disappointing season comes to its climax, the "so close, yet so far" feeling for Arsenal is ever relevant.

This feeling of irrelevance that Arsenal's season has become is now even more relevant, especially after the 10-2 spanking handed out to the North London outfit by German giants Bayern Munich.

That aggregate defeat given to Arsene Wenger's side meant that it was the seventh time in a row that The Gunners had failed to progress past the round of 16.

What was potentially the most painful element of the defeat, was that Arsenal's opposition (Bayern Munich) have a world class centre-forward at their disposal in the form of none other than Robert Lewandowski.

The Pole, who of course was signed from arch-rivals Borussia Dortmund, has been a focal point in the German side's team for many many years. Although that wasn't the only difference between the two sides (a focal point) it was one of the main reasons as previously mentioned.

Factors such as naivety and lacking a real central midfield leader in the middle of the park is another, but I would like to bring my point back on to the centre-forward issue.

It's not only Europe is the issue of a world class forward a problem for the Gunners. Let's look at Arsenal's rivals. To be more precise, The Gunners' rivals across North London Tottenham Hotspur.

Now Tottenham does, of course, have 23-year old England striker Harry Kane, who season after season has been really proving his worth for Spurs.

Ever since the former Millwall loanee broke into the Tottenham team, he has scored more than 20 goals a season and before this round of Premier League fixtures was the joint leading goalscorer in the Premier League.

When Kane is injured, however, Spurs' deficiencies are exposed as they only have Vicent Janssen as the only natural out and out striker to replace Harry Kane.

The problem with that is that the former AZ Alkmaar man has only scored once in open play since his move to White Hart Lane, which is an obvious problem.

It's not just the North London club's who have this issue, arguably Arsenal's centre-forward issue is worse than their neighbours. Another team that lacks a talisman is Liverpool.

Some might find this hard to believe, especially at the start of the season when The Reds were dispatching teams 5-1 or 6-1, but ever since Daniel Sturridge had that stellar season in 2013, Jurgen Klopp's men haven't had that star forward.

This is an issue because, Liverpool's rivals Chelsea (Diego Costa), Manchester United (Zlatan Ibrahimovic) and Manchester City (Sergio Aguero) all have strikers who can score 20 a season.

Of course, Tottenham does as well, but my fundamental point is that to stand a chance to compete domestically in the Premier League or in Europe a team needs a striker.

Just look at all the top teams in Europe. Although Arsenal does have Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud, one can't help but think they need to break the bank and get a world class forward.

Whether that be Antoine Griezmann or Karim Benzema who knows, but one fact remains the same. Arsenal needs a forward. Failure to recognise this issue will no doubt see The Gunners fall further away from Europe's elite and Arsenal's fans would surely not want that.
Ayyaz Malik

Hi guys, I am Ayyaz. I type by day and I type by night, I type what others are thinking. I eat, drink and sleep football (I think in that order) . Watching football is part of my five a day. They say money makes the world go round, yeah right we all know it's football that makes the world go round. I am a Manchester United fan for my sins.

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