The transfer window has officially closed until January and Arsenal will be full of confidence ahead of their remaining Premier League matches. While some called for further incomings at the Emirates Stadium this summer, Arsene Wenger opted to trust in those that have earned the Gunners back-to-back FA Cup victories in the past two seasons.
Although the Arsenal boss has been criticised by some, many believe that Wenger’s decision was the correct one. Ultimately, the Gunners still improved in the transfer window as Petr Cech joined the club from rivals Chelsea. In terms of attacking, the Gunners have plenty of options. Here are just a few things that Arsenal fans can expect from their frontmen this year.
Giroud will be Arsenal’s leading man.
Olivier Giroud may have his critics but he has a unique habit of scoring at key moments and will be crucial to their title aspirations this season. Powerful in the air and nifty with his feet, Giroud is a lethal striker and can score from almost any angle. He played a key role in Arsenal’s phenomenal run at the back end of last season and, given the chance, could be the talisman for a title challenge this campaign. The Frenchman will be eager to show that he is a competent goal scorer at the head of their fierce strikeforce this season.
Walcott is devastating in wider areas.
Theo Walcott is a talented footballer but he just isn’t a striker. Wenger should deploy him in a wider area as he is capable of causing problems for the best wing-backs on the planet. Although he has the potential to score goals, this doesn’t mean he is an out-and-out forward. With Walcott and Sanchez either side of Mesut Ozil behind Giroud in Arsenal’s attack, the Gunners would score a hatful of goals this campaign. If needs be, Walcott can play as a direct centre forward but only against teams that play a high defensive line.
Sanchez will score goals once again.
Alexis Sanchez has been sensational ever since he joined the club from Barcelona last summer. The Chile international’s versatility across the front is one of his greatest traits and Sanchez can play as a centre forward or in his preferred position on the wing. He is one of the most naturally gifted players in the Premier League and, if he avoids serious injury, will be a key component of Arsenal’s squad this campaign. Sanchez netted 16 Premier League goals last season – an excellent achievement for his maiden campaign in England’s top flight.
Welbeck is a capable backup to Giroud.
Danny Welbeck’s downfall has, and probably always will be, his fitness. Welbeck has racked up a number of injuries since making his first team debut for Manchester United back in 2008. Now at Arsenal, his time at the Emirates has been plagued by reoccurring problems. Although he is set to miss a significant proportion of the season, Welbeck is one of the division’s top supporting strikers and is more than capable of leading the line in Giroud’s absence. Arsenal supporters will be praying that he doesn’t have any further injury setbacks in the future.
Arsenal’s midfielders love to get forward.
The likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla are all competent finishers and will contribute a number of goals over the course of the season. Arsenal’s intense, aggressive style of play allows their midfielders to get into advanced areas and score goals – in fact, they probably do this better than anybody else in the Premier League. If each of these three players scores ten goals throughout the campaign, the Gunners will stand a great chance of achieving their ultimate goal of lifting the title this season.