Henry: Arsenal need three strikers to challenge for the title


There has been a lot of talk going around Arsenal, on who the Gunners need to sign this summer and former player Theirry Henry has now added to that by suggesting that the North London club need at least 2 more strikers to mount a serious title challenge next season.

The North London club have been over reliant on Olivier Giroud this season and have struggled when the Frenchman was out injured at the start of the season. Welbeck was used during Giroud’s absense, but the Englishman who joined in the summer struggled to adjust to the new style.

Henry, who is considered to be the greatest ever player to represent Arsenal, has recently suggested that Giroud isn’t world class. Writing on his weekly column on Sun, the Gunners legend elaborated that the North London club need more than one striker to compete for the League title, like the one they possessed during his playing years.

“Look at teams competing in other countries, particularly Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. They all have three top strikers.

To win a championship, you generally need more than one player who can play in this central striker role. I scored 25 times for Arsenal in 2005 but we didn’t win the title.

I am convinced we won the league at Arsenal not due to the fact I was banging in goals but because the club had a good squad.”

The topic is open for discussion as many fans around the world feel that Arsenal need at least a striker or two, while the other half feel that there are other areas that need to be addressed before improving on the striker force. I kind of agree with both of the arguments, as there is definitely a need of a striker but that’s only after we address the defensive needs.

The defence should be given the priority, but even after that we will have some cash remaining in the bank although I don’t think it will be enough to sign a top class striker. It’s more or less likely that we won’t sign a big name striker this summer, so let’s have a look on the options we currently have at our helm.

Giroud is obviously the best striker available at the club, with Welbeck and Sanchez being the other top quality options available for us right now. Sanchez has been brilliant in his first season playing on the wings, so I don’t think Wenger would like to change on that by playing him upfront. Welbeck has struggled for goals since joining Arsenal, but the Englishman has loads of talent and just needs some time to bring out the best in him.

Apart from the fore mentioned names we also have Campbell, Sanogo and Akpom, who are waiting for an opportunity to make an impact. I kind of disagree with Henry on this, as we already have enough talent in the striking department that we don’t need 2 or 3 strikers, but I do think getting one more will definitely make us stronger.

Do we really need to sign 2 more strikers?

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  1. Wenger once said a team needs 4 strikers for a season long campaign.

    He will consider Walcott and Sanchez as strikers in addition to Giroud and Wellbeck. So this is one more than Thierry means.