Wenger: 'We chose Giroud over Ba' - Good decision?!

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed why the club did not try to sign Demba Ba.

Arsenal have missed out on signing Demba Ba, who completed his move to Chelsea earlier today.

Arsene Wenger was asked why the club never followed up their interest in the Senegalese striker earlier today, and responded by stating the club chose Olivier Giroud over him and did not want both players.

“I like Demba Ba personally, he is a similar type to Giroud who we just bought. It was one or the other one.”

It is a choice which will likely split supporters - Who would you rather have?

On one hand Demba Ba is a proven Premier League goalscorer, for both West Ham and Newcastle, capable of scoring against the league's top teams. Olivier Giroud, last summer had never played in the league and represented a bit of a gamble.

While he has shaken off early troubles to come good in late Autumn, he currently can't get in the side with Theo Walcott preferred up front. 

Ba also signed for Chelsea for £7 million, plus another likely £2 million in reported agent fees, but it is still less than the £12 million Arsenal paid for Giroud.

The players are similar ages, Giroud 26 and Ba 27. In Giroud's favour is Ba's history of knee injury early in his career. Perhaps considering Arsenal's injury problems with Abou Diaby and several other regular visitors to the treatment table, they were best staying away, but it certainly hasn't put Chelsea off.

But here is a logical question - despite Wenger saying the players are too similar, why couldn't Arsenal have had both? Surely two good strikers are better than one?

What do you think of Wenger's comments? Ba or Giroud? Who would you rather?

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