Arsenal are currently atop the Premier League with a five-point cushion, possess the Premier League assist leader with Mesut Ozil (6), have the most influential box-to-box midfielder in Aaron Ramsey and have the most stringent defence (11 concessions) but lack the elite-level striker - like Sergio Aguero (12 to date) or Luis Suarez (15) - to continue to lead the race for the title.
That is, according to media mogul and Twitter guru Piers Morgan who, in various posts, has been outspoken in his desire for manager Arsene Wenger to bring in an additional forward who can challenge, or ultimately replace, Olivier Giroud as he is either too wasteful in front of goal, or too inept when battling with top tier centre backs.
We need a striker. Giroud worked hard again but missed a lot of chances. He's too slow against top class defenders. #Afc— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 8, 2013
I like Giroud - good player, tremendous work rate. But not at the level of Suarez, Rooney or Aguero. If we want trophies, need a big shark.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 2, 2013
In 1,224 minutes of Premier League football, though, Giroud has shown that he is far more than just a target man due to his imposing 6ft 4in height. He has returned seven goals, four assists, created 20 chances, is accurate with 44% of his attempted shots on goal, is good at winning the ball back in the opponent's half and his hold-up play brings Arsenal's midfielders behind him into good, shooting positions.
This has been noted by club legend Thierry Henry who, when speaking on Sky Sports, said: 'Giroud is a different type of striker. He will set up a lot of goals, and Aaron Ramsey for me, has been successful because Giroud is generous, because Ozil is generous, because Cazorla is generous, because Rosicky is generous.
'They have something that is working. You’ve got to be careful, if you bring someone in.'
Henry, therefore, does not share the same belief as Piers Morgan that a striking recruit is a mandatory requirement in the upcoming transfer window. Primarily because of what Giroud offers to the current selection, an XI that is thriving domestically.
He also states that the club do have a player able to deputise for Giroud should the Frenchman suffer injury.
That player is Lukas Podolski, who is due to return from a hamstring problem this weekend. He said: '[Podolski] could be the guy that you’re looking for.'
Last season, Podolski scored 11 and set up 10 from 33 matches or 1,983 minutes (an efficiency return rate of one goal scored or created every 94 minutes).
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