Recently Steve mentioned a comment by GN5 referring to “having to resolve our scoring problems”. I think that’s probably the nearest to a direct criticism of Wenger that GN5 has ever uttered. However, it’s an entirely valid point.
Most of us simply see the solution in buying, at whatever the cost, a new, top class striker.
Which begs the question, in whose estimation is a striker “top class” or not. Again, the simple answer is Wenger. Only thing is how reliable is the manager when it comes to choosing strikers. We know he is brilliant at finding attacking midfielders, he has recently even signed a couple of the defensive variety in Xhaka and Elneny. When it comes to defenders the record is not quite so good, who can deny that Sylvestre, Stepanovs and their ilk were somewhat less than adequate.
When we move up-field to the strikers the situation begins to look dire. Anders Limpar, Kanu, Sylvan Wiltord, Jose Antonio Reyes, Nicklas Bendtner, Andrei Arshavin, Emmanuel Adebayor, Julio Baptista, Joel Campbell, Maroune Chamakh, Eduardo, Olivier Giroud, Serge Gnabry, Ryo Miyachi, Park Ju-young, Alexis Sanchez, Ya Ya Sanogo, Robin van Persie, Carlos Vela, Theo Walcott, Christopher Wrey, I’m sure there are others that I have missed, but I think you catch my drift. How many of the above would you call a “Top Class Striker”.
Now to get back to the point of the post, “having to resolve our scoring problems”, I still say the way to do it is buy a top class striker. But is Wenger the man to choose that goal scorer.
On past performance…..I don’t think so.