Arsenal striker crisis - €5m flop, returning starlet or shooting star ... who should get a chance?

Chuba Akpom

Should Arsene Wenger turn to Park Chu-Young, Benik Afobe or Chuba Akpom to plug the striking gap this month?

Arsenal face Tottenham Hotspur this weekend in a FA Cup tie given added spice by its status as a North London derby. However both teams have injury problems going into the game - with Arsenal in particular suffering with striking problems.

The club were already thin on the ground with strikers at a premium - and Yaya Sanogo, their striking summer recruit, has been out all season injured.

So when Olivier Giroud and Nicklas Bendtner both suffered ankle injuries over the course of the past seven days it was obvious they were going to be in trouble for the game. Giroud recovered from his ankle problem - but is now sick.

Obviously Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott can play in the role - but Podolski struggled against Cardiff through the middle and Walcott has been in scintillating form from the right hand side of midfield.

So who could get a chance at featuring for the club this weekend?

Arsenal have three potential and realistic choices to play up front - but all three are not what you would call regulars.

Park Chu-Young has not played for Arsenal since the 2-0 defeat against Chelsea in October - and before that his previous appearance was in March 2012 against AC Milan - so it is fair to say he has not been a hit in North London since his believed €5m move from AS Monaco.

Then there is Benik Afobe. Recently recovered from a nasty knee injury he will hope to live up to his billing as one time next big thing after two injury ravaged years.

The other option is Chuba Akpom. He had a great pre-season and rattled in the goals last season for the youth team.

So who should get the nod?

Park is the most experienced - but his Arsenal career is surely over. Playing him would be short-sighted from Arsene Wenger and co.

This leaves Afobe as the obvious choice. He is the more experienced of the two compared with Akpom and deserves a chance after his injury battle.

But Akpom looks the part. He has something of the Ian Wrights about him - a confidence bordering on a warranted arrogance and he always looks good for a goal.

It is certainly a tough choice for Wenger, who to probably slot on the bench in case of a goal shortage - but whoever he does choose will be trying their best to stake a claim for the first-team.

image: © Kieran Clarke

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