Should Arsenal Be In the Market For A Striker?

Ryan KusyContributor IIJuly 5, 2009

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JUNE 17:  Karim Benzema of France looks dejected after defeat in the UEFA EURO 2008 Group C match between France and Italy at Letzigrund Stadion on June 17, 2008 in Zurich, Switzerland.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Much of the Arsenal close-season has been focused primarily on the defense and a defensive midfielder—and rightly so based upon the problems of last season. However, there also comes to the question that we went on a stretch of games where they failed to score goals and ultimately cost Arsenal any chance at catching Liverpool, Chelsea, and Man United.

Do Arsenal need to upgrade to their front line?

Now all Arsenal fans can see the potential we have at the position, but really there seems to be a need for a experienced goalscorer who can come through in the clutch. Adebayor is great...when we puts his mind to it.

He came through against Villarreal in the Champions League and numerous other games as well, yet there were countless other games you forgot he was on the pitch.

Robin van Persie is clearly the best striker of the bunch...when he isn't injured. The man is a game changer and his double against Chelsea this year was fantastic. Though, he has had numerous serious injuries and this was his first year where he was relatively injury free.

He however has shown that he cannot perform to his best ability when Arsenal play him as the sole striker. He needs a partner up there to help.

Carlos Vela looks like he is waiting to break out, but I feel at only age 20, he still needs to learn his trade as a sub and in the cup games. In a year or two, I feel he will start without a doubt.

Bendtner has been a hit or miss player. He knows exactly where to be and at the right time, but his finishing leaves much to be desired (to say the least some games). And Eduardo is still working back from his tragic injury. His durability will be a huge question mark next season.

Overall there is dept for Arsenal at the striker position, but all the players are under 25 years-old and with Adebayor possibly on the verge of a move to AC Milan, Arsenal could be in need of a goalscorer.

Arsenal clearly missed out on Benzema and broke many Arsenal fans' hearts when he was sold elsewhere. Yet there are other strikers on the market and Arsenal should be looking at them still.

Arsenal should be looking for primarily an experienced striker that could come in and contribute right away. It seems Wenger is willing to splash out a little more cash this summer and that opens the possibility for a few more options.

Adding one more striker, regardless to Adebayor's situation would benefit Arsenal. Even if Adebayor stays, now there is pressure for him to maintain his starting spot, if he goes, then we have a solid replacement.