When the transfer window closed without a striker arriving at Arsenal, a mass tantrum took place.

You were involved in it, and so was I. How could we not bring in a striker? Where would the goals come from? What was Arsene Wenger thinking about!

A few months on and things all look decidedly different. From initially struggling to find the back of the net at the start of the season, the Gunners are now scoring with ease, netting 11 in their last three Premier League games alone.

With the tightest defence in the league (yes, you read that right) Arsenal have the fourth highest goal tally, scoring more than Chelsea whom no-one says needs a striker (14), United, who spent the GDP of a small nation on a striker, (15), Tottenham, Everton, Liverpool, and everyone else except City, West Ham (?!) and Leicester.

And this isn’t a new thing either.

Just as it was shown that Arsenal have won the most games in 2015 and that only Sergio Aguero has outscored Olivier Giroud in the Premier League over the past three seasons, only Manchester City have scored more goals than the Gunners over the past 10 months.

Alexis has six in the league, Olivier Giroud four, despite spending most of his time on the bench, while Theo Walcott has two. Danny Welbeck is still to return to the fold to give the boss even more choice. Added to that are the goals Arsenal always get from midfield and it’s not at all unclear why Wenger was happy to trust what he had rather than spend money for the sake of it.

Was there really a striker out there that would have improved things? Of course there was, but only at the very top end and that’s when things get very tricky. Was there a top player with whom his parent club wanted to part? Not a chance.

Maybe Wenger was right all along.


He has an annoying habit of doing that, eh?

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