Harry Redknapp has been chatting about Arsenal again and it seems he believes Danny Welbeck is the closest thing we have to a striker.
Speaking after our loss against West Ham, the former Spurs boss still only believes we’re one player away from a good squad and reckons Petr Cech, who didn’t have the best game against the Hammers, will improve us greatly.
“Arsenal are very close with the squad they have now – and I still think that Petr Cech will make a massive difference– but you cannot just go with Olivier Giroud as the only striker,” he said.
“It is impossible. I have managed Theo Walcott,” he continued. “He is a fantastic player who can play in different positions but he is not a pure striker. It is the same with Alexis Sanchez. Danny Welbeck is the closest.”
I’m not sure what Redknapp is implying Olivier Giroud is, considering he’s hardly a winger given his pace (with all due respect); the former manager’s views seem a little dated.
Saying this, it’s hard to argue that we have everyone we need judging from our performance against West Ham. We couldn’t score and, other than throwing more forwards on, we had no Plan B.
“Arsenal still have a big chance this season but they never really looked like breaking West Ham down yesterday,” Redknapp said. “On the back of what was a fantastic victory against Chelsea in the Community Shield, I really did not see that coming.”
Even Redknapp is perplexed by our performance.
Whether we sign a new striker or not is a moot point unless we all show a bit of drive and actually perform as if we’ve played football together before.