Arsenal clinched fourth spot in the Premiership after a hard-fought win over Newcastle United, which now seems ages ago due to the various rumours flooding in regarding various players in this transfer window. It will be a crucial window for the Gunners and a top striker should be among the top priorities in this transfer window.
With the Gunners favourites to qualify for the Champions League next season, they can attract the top players around the world. Arsenal have also recently extended the shirt sponsorship and Stadium rights deal with Emirates and it will also bring in much needed extra revenue to the club.
Arsene Wenger endured a hard and difficult campaign in the last season, having to sell his captain Robin van Persie just before the start of this season. In addition to that, he also sold Alex Song, who by now should have marked his favourite seat on the bench at Camp Nou. The Frenchman received plenty of criticism for most of the season and only after their superb finish to the season, it has calmed down.
This summer provides a great opportunity for the Gunners to build on what seems to be a decent platform and for that to happen. Wenger, Ivan Gazidis and the rest of the staff must work hard on not only buying top players, but also in shifting the deadwood players who absorb a large chunk of the wages.
In the last season, Olivier Giroud shouldered much of the responsibilities as the main striker, and he also came under lot of pressure at times due to his erratic finishing. Though he is a good player and a valuable asset to the team, he is currently not world class, and his finishing is not precise enough for a top striker. Also, it was a huge problem in the recently concluded season that there was no other player who could effectively deputize for the Frenchman.
Theo Walcott has shown desire to play as the central striker but the Englishman, when given the chance, has had inconsistent performances. For example, in the game against Bayern Munich at home, Walcott was very ineffective for the entire time he played as the central striker while he was in irresistible form against Newcastle United where he scored a hat-trick.
There are some attributes for Theo which will help him score goals playing as the centre-forward, but his overall link-up/hold-up play is not great and that is why Wenger eventually decided that his best position was that of a right winger who was given the latitude to make inside channel runs and score goals.
It is not clear whether Wenger still sees him as an option for the central striking role, considering that it was Lukas Podolski who played as the centre-forward in the final four games of the season. The German was also not very effective which is why the manager will have to look for another striker. One of the players who has been consistently linked with the Gunners is David Villa, the 31-year-old striker who is out of favour at Barcelona.
With the arrival of Brazilian star Neymar, the Spanish striker is certainly on his way out of Barcelona, especially as this season is a chance to prove he is still good enough for the World Cup.