Arsenal have only one recognised out-and-out striker in the form of Olivier Giroud, who is having a decent season considering it’s his first in the Premier League and not every foreigner has the capability to light it up in his first season as Michu has. They also have the option of Gervinho, but his horrible misses and woeful play means he rarely gets a game and will surely be out come the end of the season.
Walcott has played up front on his own but that is mainly because Arsenal do not have a proper striker ever since the departure of Robin Van Persie to Manchester United. The Gunners also have three orthodox strikers Bentdner, Chamakh and Park out on loan, but their performances, do not suggest an imminent recall to the Arsenal set-up is likely.
With Arsenal set to lose four strikers in the summer, it is not rocket science to predict that Wenger will bring in a new striker. And having announced a transfer war chest of £123.3 million last month, the Gunners are expected to spend heavily this summer to turn their ailing team into title contenders once again.
Wenger is known to recruit the top young talent from his country and is currently eyeing a move for Auxerre striker, Sanogo. The 20-year-old has consistently represented his country at youth level and has been backed to achieve promotion with Auxerre this season.
Being a young French striker, comparisons with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry are inevitable. Sanogo is taller than Henry but has similar guile, pace and skill. He broke onto the scene with the U-16’s scoring 18 goals in as many appearances. He was named captain of the U-17 team and scored 9 goals in 16 appearances. Sanogo bypassed the U-18’s to train directly with the U-19’s, but has lost most of the last two seasons through injury.
However, he is slowly recapturing that form which made him a menace at the youth international level, and has scored seven goals in his last two games. He struck four goals against Laval and then scored a hat trick in a 3-2 win over Tours. His accuracy in front of goal is top-notch and he knows how to beat a defender. He is also solid in the air.
Having seen his stock rise this season, and the fact that his contract is expiring in the summer making him a free agent, he is set to be courted by many European clubs in Italy, France and England with Lille and Arsenal strongly interested in the forward.
However, Wenger is known to have good contacts in his native France, and has already made deals with Auxerre to bring in Diaby and Sagna in the past. Sanogo seems the ideal signing for Wenger considering his young age and potential to explode on the big stage. But will he be able to deliver for the London club if a move does materialize?