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Robin van Persie bagged the winning goal for Manchester United on Sunday, and the Daily Mail’s Neil Ashton feels the performance highlighted Arsenal’s lack of quality in attack.
Olivier Giroud has made a fine start to the season, but he made little impact against United. And Ashton is convinced it was a display that highlighted Arsenal’s need to bring in a new striker.
In his piece, Ashton wrote:
You can barely move for world-class strikers at the top of the Barclays Premier League.
They are everywhere - just not in the shirt of Arsenal.
Liverpool are relying on the SAS partnership to take them into the Champions League and beyond under Brendan Rodgers.
Then there is Manchester City, where Sergio Aguero is rated the best of the lot by Sportsmail columnist Jamie Carragher.
Chelsea signed Champions League winner Samuel Eto’o, and Tottenham are waiting on Spain striker Roberto Soldado to really get going. On Sunday, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney rumbled Arsenal’s title challenge.
Arsene Wenger must know he will need more than Olivier Giroud if Arsenal are to win their first Premier League title since 2004. History will tell him that.
Ashton points out that in previous glory seasons for Arsenal, Arsene Wenger had top-class attacking options at his disposal. He wrote:
To borrow Wenger’s favourite expression this season, Arsenal had ‘super quality’ up front in his three title-winning teams. In 1998, when Wenger won his first title at Arsenal, he relied on Dennis Bergkamp, Ian Wright and Marc Overmars to do the damage. Four years on, they netted another Double, courtesy of Thierry Henry, Sylvain Wiltord and Bergkamp.
By the time Wenger had assembled the Invincibles, Henry had changed the face of English football. That season, he scored 30 in the league. That is not to say Giroud has not done his bit for Arsenal this season because he is a trier. And Arsenal fans love a trier.
The France star has scored five in the Premier League, but he needs assistance up front; Arsenal are in danger of running out of goals.