ESPN pundit slams Arsenal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Gerard Houllier in the stands

Arsenal need a striker, but will they cough up the money needed to sign one?

Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain celebrates after scoring against Udinese

Speaking to ESPN, Steve Nicol has claimed that Arsenal prefer to have money in the bank than trophies in the cabinet.

The Gunners have spent some £30 million on midfielder Granit Xhaka this summer but nobody significant has followed the Swiss ace to North London as of yet.

Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain celebrates after scoring the second goal for Napoli

Fans appear to be desperate to see a striker brought in either to displace or replace Olivier Giroud, who has been linked with a player-plus-cash deal involving Napoli hitman Gonzalo Higuain.

Radio Kiss Kiss, via Goal.com, reported on Saturday that Arsenal have offered some £41.8 million plus Giroud for the Argentine striker - who scored 36 times in 35 games last season - but it remains to be seen if manager Arsene Wenger would stump up the money.

France's Olivier Giroud reacts

Without Giroud, it would cost the North Londoners £78 million to trigger his release clause with the Italian giants. Plenty of Arsenal fans would love to see Wenger sanction the deal, but the notoriously-frugal manager seems unlikely to make the move happen.

"It seems to be clear that money in the bank is more important to Arsenal than trophies in the cabinet," he told ESPN. "You would've thought that the pressure building on Wenger over the past couple of seasons [that he would spend].

"Arsenal had to spend big - this was their chance - and they've not done it. Money is more important to them than winning trophies."

Giroud has many talents but the reality is that he is too inconsistent to score goals regularly and help Arsenal end their 12-year title drought.

He went 15 Premier League games without finding the net last season and it certainly contributed to their failed title bid last term.

Picture Supplied by Action Images - Olivier Giroud

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