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David Ornstein on Twitter

@bbcsport_david
#AFC unlikely to sign striker despite Giroud injury. Not definitive but current plan is existing options rather than buy/loan #bbcsportsday

@bbcsport_david · 3h
#AFC still want CB/DMF (maybe someone who can do both) but likely to be squad player not big name as (esp CB) will be back-up #bbcsportsday

He has been pretty reliable with his Arsenal related stuff this transfer season.
If we win today, we'll have 30m in our pocket. We've got to use it in this situation we find ourselves in.
I'm only guessing. But I think the striker one depends on the outcome tomorrow.
Part of me wants to laugh at our rivals for their humbling defeat lol...but am going to hold out till we get through our game..And deep down i think MK dons did them a huge favor
@Realmcoy and other Arsenal fans who MIGHT think Welbeck is an option, I have only one word: Vermaelen

The rest of you are sain enough not to consider it. Congrats.
@hayley congrats to you then. the post is made to wake a few people up if they think Arsenal can somehow get Welbeck.

and likewise I think most MU fans would prefer NOT having vermaelen by NOT selling you welbeck, we would not want to help you fix your attack either.
???

I still prefer NOT having wellbeck by NOT selling vermaelen to mu. I'd rather us looking for someone else than helping fix you guys defensively.

it's not like wellbeck a reus or falcao or suarez level anyway.
my point is I wouldnt lose a second of sleep over wellbeck.
This is an analysis that needs to be taken serious;

Arsenal legend Frank McLintock has told Arsene Wenger he must sign another top class striker if Olivier Giroud is ruled out long-term. -Talksport Interview

He went on to say why Theo or Sanogo won't cut it.

Theo-cuts in from the wings so he sees what's in front of him and is easier to score that way as opposed to your back from goal where you can't see everything and also the player not being physical enough. He says it takes incredible skills and mentality to be successful at it. He being converted as a striker like Henry would take some doing.

Sanogo-in terms of skill level is some way off and not ready to be put into a top 4 team.

Chambers-he likes what he sees so far but says let's see how he fairs against a player like Drogba's quality or a Diego Costa.

He goes on to say to seriously mount a challenge we'll need a big strong DM and a very good Striker for sure.
+1
going to risk the fallout here...that is his opinion, but not remotely an analysis.

If we want to mount a challenge, we will need the level of depth that Manchester City have - 2 players for every single position that are first team material.

That is the benchmark against which every other team has to measure themselves. Only Chelsea come close in that respect, hence why they are the two favourites.

What we can do is focus on our playing style and work out how to execute our game plan using the resources that WE have at our disposal. If we're lacking a DM or a ST by the end of the window, that doesn't mean that we are out of the race. It just means we have to be clever with what we've got.

Edit: should clarify, a ST and DM will not complete us. Even if we sign them we still won't have the same strength in depth as the other two. This is why I find the clamouring for some players to be a little redundant. We should be focussing on tactics and game plan, rather than fooling ourselves into think (as I have read on SSN articles) that 2 signings will make us invincible, and failure to get them will see us lose instantly.
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The issue with Giroud being out is that the side has learned to play with him for two years now, it's a very different style with him in the side than with Theo or Alexis up top for example.

Giroud holds up the ball, plays with his back to goal as McLintock said, and waits for the midfield to play off of him. Even the fullbacks are aware of this and use him. We also loose the ability to put the ball in the box and hope someone can get a head on it, like we saw at Goodison.

The other huge thing that people might be forgetting is that defensively, Giroud is such an asset to have when we're defending set pieces in our own box. Him and Per are the two who are key to getting us out of trouble.

Theo and Alexis present different options but the team can't have any kind of settling period where they're getting used to it. Sanogo fits the Giroud body type, but even he plays deeper and at the moment, he never really has a clue where he's meant to be on the pitch.

We'll likely look for Remy on loan, another player who wouldn't solve the problem. I would like Bony to come in, that's ideal in my opinion.
So a bunch of paper saying Falcao wants a move to us whether through loan or permanent. I'd take Falcao or Cavani.

- and the f'cking Zilch jokes are back on.
Hope this isn't true

If he's out for more than 3 months then we definitely need to buy another CF or a striker

https://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/news/football-wenger-refuses-panic-buy-054321272--sow.html
Experienced team for tomorrow

-------------------Chezny------------
Debuchy---Mertz---Kos---Nacho
--------------Flame---Jack----------
-------Sanchez---Ozil---Santi-----
---------------------Poldi--------------
hmm poldi up top worries me he never seems to get involved
Here in Melbourne, it's 6:42 pm Wednesday!
He's the wild card here. Got loads of experience though. Better than young Sonogo and newboy Sanchez.
match is today !

Perhaps timezone troll strikes again ?
them comments out of order really annoy me
+1
To cheer us all up after hearing the Giroud news United went and lost to Milton Keynes Dons 4-0, to cheer us all up. What good lads.
+4
afobe rocking them goals.
We need to buy Afobe so we can finally win a game against our bogey team.
Dat chest goal..
@GSS u mean bring him back from loan right? we already own him.
Sarcasm isn't portrayed well through text. Buty bad either way.
^ haha sarcasm isn't your best friend is it :D
+1
"Ogbonna can leave Juventus - but only for €15m" wouldn't be so bad in the back, #5 as well.

I'll love Cavalho for DM, but I really want to see Chambers at DM, he is really calm and great at defending, I have a feeling, he'll be moving up when Mert & Kos is fit.

Oh, we're linked to EVERY STRIKER IN THE WORLD right now. lmao
+2
Benzema or Roberto Firmino
RM won't let go of their only striker lol never really see Roberto play.
30 mill and 1 pound should do the trick lol
+2
Falaco is sponsored by puma as well, just saying ;)
and that 60m price tag on him, just saying.


balotelli, reus, etc. are puma too lol
+1
lol we should see if liverpool are willing to sell Balotelli for 1 pound.
Roberto Firmino is not a striker .

Maybe Kießling ? wont cost too much & is quite underrated Imo
+2
I wish Malik. But I doubt Leverkusen would want to sell him and he is loved there.
@AussieGooner14 , That's true , but with help of German players arsenal have , i think you guys can convince him , only issue i see now is that Leverkusen wont agree to sell him because they wont have much time left for a replacement .
Firmino can play as a striker, a pretty decent one acually. He can also play several other pptions very well
Yeah that's true Malik. If there was more time then maybe, but with a week left it's pretty unlikely.
HOW we miss Lord Bendtner. He might be laughing inside. This is why I always thought he would be important. But he was destined to be a douchebag.

Apart, it's nice to see Diaby training. I hope he plays. Doesn't matter well or not I'm good as long as he makes a presence.
Lord Bendtner is a joke, as well as his skill level, I really didn't understand why we kept him instead of Chamakh or play Sanogo.


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