Olivier Giroud will be out of action until the New Years after sustaining an injury during the 2-2 draw against Everton.
Giroud’s absence will be hugely missed as his presence alone can change the way Arsenal plays. And with new signing Alexis Sanchez looking suspect at the lone striker position, Arsenal needs to replenish their strike force to contend for the Premier League title.
Wenger will be looking at the transfer market for a replacement and there have been rumors that either Alessio Cerci of Torino or Loic Remy of QPR could be possible replacements until Giroud is fully fit.
Loic Remy makes a lot of sense for Arsenal considering it’ll be easier for Arsene Wenger to get his point across to his fellow Frenchmen. And the fact that he is a proven goal scorer, when given the right support, in the Premier League when he scored a total of 14 goals while being on loan for Newcastle. Remy will be able to adapt more quickly to the Arsenal style of play and the fact that he isn’t that expansive is the right move for Wenger.
However, Wenger will have to act fast as Chelsea has been rumored to want to activate Remy’s release clause and bring him over to Stamford Bridge.
Cerci, on the other hand, has racked up the stat sheet last season with 13 goals and 10 assists helping Tornio finish seventh and qualify for the UEFA Europa League according to whoscored.com.
Although those stats are very good for a mid-tier team, it was thanks to his ability to create a dangerous tandem with Ciro Immobile, who led Serie A in scoring with 22 goals, which propelled him to the next level.
Before Immobile joined Torino, however, Cerci was the lone and star striker for Torino, but failed to get on the score sheet as he was only able to score 8 goals in 35 appearances during the 2012-2013 season.
So it is clear that Cerci is a complementary rather than a star player and would make sense for Arsenal to buy him to complement Sanchez. But even so, he would not be an ideal fit for Arsenal because of one reason only: his inability to pass accurately.
Arsenal’s style of play is all about the short passes and has the necessary creativity to break down defenses with the quick passes. But, if Cerci is unable to pass it to his teammates, it’ll cause serious problems with the chemistry for Cerci and his teammates.
This leaves a question mark to the younger players on the bench.
Arsenal still has two other strikers at their disposal, but the lack of faith from Wenger is limiting their chances of playing every day.
Sanogo will most likely stay as the back-up, while Sanchez will get the nod with the new incoming player. That leaves Joel Campbell as the fourth striker, excluding Giroud, and thus eliminating his chances of playing in the first team this season, even though Wenger has stated that he will give Campbell an opportunity this season.
With Giroud’s injury, Wenger now has to make a panic buy in order to keep a well-balanced roster and no manager wants to be in that situation. But regardless, Wenger will need to act fast as other teams are making their moves and also the end of the transfer window is right around the corner.