Arsenal Transfer News: Do the Gunners Need to Sign a New Striker This January?

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIJanuary 27, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29: Theo Walcott of Arsenal celebrates scoring his hat trick and Arsenal's seventh goal with Olivier Giroud of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium on December 29, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was asked the question this week by reporters as to whether or not he felt his side needed further reinforcements this January.

In particular, the Gunners boss was asked about the strikers on hand at the North London club and whether or not they would be able to carry this side throughout the rigors that the club has ahead of them in the remaining half of the season.

His answer was seemingly both yes and know.

Per The Daily Mirror:

Quality-wise, no. But number-wise we are maybe a little short.

It will not be easy, though, because you do not find strikers who are good enough to play for us on the street.

I cannot promise we will sign anybody tomorrow, Tuesday or on Wednesday because at the moment we are not close to anything. It's not about how optimism; how realistic I am is most important.

The comments from Wenger came after his survived a scare in the fourth round of the FA Cup—narrowly avoiding lowly Brighton Hove & Albion 3-2 on the night.

However, the result did hold plenty of positives for the North London club, with strikers Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott both hitting key goals for the club. Giroud, in particular, netted two superb goals with a mixed of deft touch and raw talent—something that has seemingly been missing from the Frenchman's game throughout the season so far.

But as most Arsenal fans will quickly point out, both Walcott and Giroud have been models of inconsistency this year, and their moments of brilliance have been quickly forgotten by matches of little involvement or effectiveness.

Bleacher Report's Michael Cummings commented after the club's emphatic win against West Ham earlier in the week, saying that:

It was only one match, and no matter how amazing, it won't solve all of Arsenal's problems. Consistency remains elusive, and reinforcements remain absolutely necessary. As ever this season with Arsenal, one fantastic result does not guarantee any amount of future success.

And in light of what we've seen this year, you'd have to say he's completely correct. Long-term success has not been forthcoming through the opening 24 weeks of the season—regardless of whatever achievements have taken place in the moment.

So is Wenger in right what he says about the club? Is the veteran manager correct in his evaluation of their current striker position and depth of talent?

As like his original comments, you'd have to say both yes and no.

Like we saw just yesterday, Arsenal's strikers in Giroud and Walcott can turn on the skill. And with the likes of Lukas Podoslki, Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere magisterially maneuvering through midfield behind them, there's reason for optimism on that front.

Yet at the same time, form is only temporary (like every Fernando Torres fan repeats religiously) and the the Gunners' attack has sputtered at times this year.

Their 10 minutes of brilliance against West Ham still also involved the Hammers scoring the opening goal of the game. Their victory in the Cup still showcased some wasteful finishing and a very near embarassing 2-2 draw for the Gunners.

In that respect, Arsenal clearly do need some new attacking talent into the club—particularly in light of the schedule that they have ahead of them.

Currently sitting four points outside the top four, the Gunners need to start winning domestic matches consistently to move back up the table. They play seventh-placed Liverpool this weekend and 10th-placed Stoke the weekend after—two fixtures that Arsenal really need to get maximum points from if they're going to finish inside the top four.

They face German giants Bayern Munich in the Champions League later in February—a seemingly impossible task if ever there was one. The Gunners' attack looks awfully small and incompetent against the might of what last year's runners-up have at their disposal.

Plus there's the FA Cup to take into consideration, and whilst Wenger did rest some players this weekend, several of the Gunners' top players still featured in this lineup and they only just managed to beat a team running mid-table in the Championship.

New additions this January winter transfer window would therefore seem a must, let alone a priority—particularly when it comes to Arsenal's strikers.

The likes of Stevan Jovetic, Adrian Lopez and David Villa may well all be out of reach for the club, but that doesn't mean that the input of a cheaper but still deadly option cannot be brought in by Arsenal over the remaining final days of the transfer window.

Lukas Podolski only cost £11 million, Christian Benteke only cost Aston Villa £7 million, Demba Ba was £7 million and Michu just £2 million.

The point is that great, effective strikers can be found over the winter transfer window by Arsenal, and they don't have to spend a fortune to get them.

Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott don't strike fear into the hearts of their opponents and don't instill great confidence in the minds of their fans either.

The pair are solid, but seem a little out of their depth in trying to lead the Gunners back into the top four and past Bayern Muncih in the Champions League.

Heck, they only just got past Brighton Hove and Albion.


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