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Yaya’s a no-go if Arsenal want to be champions

Arsenal head to Old Trafford to take on a wounded Manchester United. (Image: Flickr)
Roar Guru
7th August, 2014
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Arsenal forward Yaya Sanogo netted four goals in a pre-season friendly at the Emirates last week, with plenty of punters quick to sing the praises of the young French striker.

But if Arsenal want to seriously challenge the league in season 2014/15, Sanogo isn’t the man they should hang hopes on.

While Sanogo has been given few chances to showcase his talents in the league, from what we’ve seen thus far, the striker can’t cut it with the best the competition has to offer.

At the end of last season I wrote why Arsenal failed to end their premiership drought. Now, just eight days out from the new campaign, the side is yet to acquire an out-and-out striker to lead the line with fellow frontman, Olivier Giroud.

While young-gun Joel Campbell has returned from his loan spell at Olympiakos to train with the Gunners over the summer, Arsene Wenger has again hinted at plans to ship the Costa Rican abroad.

The signing of Alexis Sanchez is a huge coup for the Gunners, but the boss has also indicated he would hesitate to employ the Chilean as a genuine number 9.

With the ex-Barcelona winger set to fight it out with Theo Walcott for a berth on the right flank, perhaps the pacey Englishman could make the transition to centre forward – a move which Wenger has toyed with.

As the Londoners have among the most formidable midfield stocks in European football, Lukas Podolski could also be used in a striker’s role – a job he has often performed in the German national side.

I’m sure Wenger has mulled over the many possible and probable outcomes, but one thing remains certain: Arsenal need more fire power if they want to be crowned champions this season.

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What do you say Roarers, who should Arsenal employ as their main man upfront?