There’s no doubt that Arsenal were second best yesterday but there are ration reasons why this was the case. We had a tough run in with Chelsea, Liverpool, Dortmund and United and Olivier Giroud has been leading the line pretty much single-handedly. So it wasn’t a huge surprise that he struggles now and then.
Manchester United looked like a team that had done their homework and they basically bullied Giroud out of the game with their physical approach. More often than not, he would come out of 50-50 challenges holding his face as if he’d been hit there. That’s not a slight on the way Manchester United played, they targeted Giroud as a threat and dealt with it well.
The problem is with Podolski injured, Giroud is the only recognised striker. And even then, it could be argued that Podolski is more of a wide player than a typical centre forward. So we have a problem.
It is not unreasonable to think that Giroud could get injured, or at the very least will need a rest. We have been relying on him far too much so what will Arsene Wenger do? Will he fight on with the same squad or dip into the transfer market yet again and bring in a striker?
Because I don’t care how you look at it, Nicklas Bendtner is a joke and can’t even be considered to be a realistic option. I bet the Manchester United fans laughed when Arsene brought him on yesterday.
So the January Transfer window could be an important time in our season. We have a solid and settled back five, our midfield options are plentiful even with injuries to Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby, but up front is where we are light.
So who are our realistic options?
Robert Lewandowski is someone who I’ve wondered about, but last week he came out and told potential clubs not to bother getting in touch as his decision was now made up and he would announce it next summer. It doesn’t take too much guessing to figure out that he will be staying in Germany.
So who else is there? If we focus on the Premier League then we could always rekindle our love affair with Luis Suarez. But there’s more chance of Bendtner playing for Real Madrid next season.
We have Christian Benteke, who has proven to be able to score goals at this level and impose himself on games. Other names that have been bandied around are Benzema, Remy, Llorente, Hernandez and Michu amongst others.
So what should we do? Stick or twist?