Arsene Wenger has revealed the two things he is looking for in a striker.
Arsenal have just under three weeks to sign a new striker, with several names linked as possible candidates.
Arsene Wenger has admitted he is interested in making a new addition, but you feel the Frenchman will only sanction a deal if he feels it is right for the club.
Speaking over the weekend, Wenger discussed the sort of striker he feels he wants to sign, and he has two criteria.
The Guardian report Wenger as saying:
"Last summer I looked for a striker that could play with Giroud and without Giroud. In my mind it was not absolutely to replace Giroud, it was to play with or without him."
That tells us Wenger is looking for a first team starter who has the potential to play week in and week out, potentially able to play more than one position.
It would rule out the type of signing like Karim Benzema, who while he could lead the line on his own - would not be able to play alongside Giroud without Arsenal changing their system.
Even the much-touted Jackson Martinez would be questionable, who likes to play as an out and out striker - who would be more likely to replace Giroud rather than play alongside him.
On the other hand, a player like Dimitar Berbatov who could play as support striker and potentially fit in with Giroud - but proved at United he is ineffective playing as a loan striker would also be ruled out.
So importantly, who does it rule in?
Well a player like Luis Suarez would be an ideal fit - one who can line up on the wing and drift inside to central positions - but can also be devastatingly effective from a central striking role. Just a shame for Arsenal that signing him this month is not an option.
Wenger clearly wants a Podolski or Walcott type - a player who can fit into the system and be a first team player, one who can play out wide or as a support striker/attacking midfielder, and also play as an out and out striker when need be too.
Alvaro Morata would seemingly fit this specification, but Real are also unwilling to do a deal unless the player tells them he wants out.
Lyon ace Alexandre Lacazette would seemingly be the perfect fit - a 22-year-old forward Wenger is claimed made a bid for last week.
Lacazette has made 13 starts for Lyon as a central striker this season, but also nine from wide positions, scoring nine goals in 22 starts in total.
A player talented, and with versatility is the way Arsenal are likely to go - Giroud has Wenger's unquantified faith and he has no intention of replacing him, purely somebody to play alongside him, and step up when required.
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