Olivier Giroud is expecting Arsene Wenger to bring in a new striker over the summer transfer window to compete with the Frenchman at Arsenal.
Giroud performed well for the Gunners last season—bagging 16 Premier League goals per BBC Sport—as Arsenal finished fourth in the English top flight.
However, the North London outfit's lack of depth up top was a key reason why Arsenal's early table-topping form dipped drastically by the end of the season.
Despite spending the most days at the Premier League's summit in 2013-14, per the competition's Twitter feed, Wenger's side ended up seven points back of eventual winners Manchester City.
Giroud believes that a new striker is key to bridging that gap and allowing Arsenal to genuinely compete for the title next season, per InfoSport+ via Sky Sports:
"I can tell you Arsenal will add a striker to the team," said the 27-year-old. "We need another striker. Great clubs have several good strikers, who compete with each other."
With 21-year-old Yaya Sanogo currently the only real alternative striker to Giroud at Arsenal, Wenger must absolutely add a world-class goalscorer to his ranks over the summer.
Mario Mandzukic is a genuine possibility having asked to leave Bayern Munich, per ESPN FC, and the Croatian would be a quality addition to the Gunners' current squad.
Mario Mandzukic confirms he has asked to leave Bayern Munich: http://t.co/Nz1H6R6wFv— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) June 9, 2014
In Pep Guardiola's 2013-14 Bundesliga-winning side he scored 18 goals and also netted three times in the Champions League, per WhoScored.com.
Opta note his terrific ability in the air, an asset that would add a new dimension to Arsenal's play and a different option when their primary plan does not work.
24 - Since joining the Bundesliga in 2010, Mario Mandzukic has scored 24 headed goals (no other player more than 17). Wanted. @FCBayern— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) June 10, 2014
The 28-year-old is proven at the top level, he has two Bundesliga medals and a Champions League win to prove it.
His movement and physicality would be perfectly suited to the rigours of the Premier League and he seems the ideal strike candidate for Wenger to go in for.
Alternatively, Porto's Jackson Martinez could be a fantastic buy for Arsenal, and interest from the Gunners has been reported by the player's agent, Peppino Tirri, per talkSPORT:
"There are, instead, opportunities abroad - Arsenal and Valencia in particular are very interested in Jackson Martinez."
The 27-year-old Colombian has scored bags of goals for Porto since joining in 2012, 60 in 91 appearances to be exact, per Nick Lustig in the Daily Star.
In the absence of Radamael Falcao at the World Cup, Martinez could be the star of the show for Colombia, and Wenger would do well to watch him closely.
Athletic and powerful—as well as a fantastic finisher—Martinez would be a real force at the head of the Arsenal attack and would provide goals, which is what the Gunners need.
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He is rated at around £30 million, and there is also the issue of whether he would be able to perform at Premier League level. Though Porto are a strong side, the Portuguese league is a level below the English top flight in quality terms.
However, if he proves his worth against top teams at the World Cup he should certainly be seen as a possibility for the Emirates hierarchy to consider.
For Arsenal to genuinely compete for the Premier League again, they need to find their new Robin van Persie, a striker who will consistently bring in 20 or more goals a season.
There are plenty of options out there and Wenger must make sure to bring in world-class quality or else risk another fourth-place finish in the 2014-15 season.