Most of us feel Arsene needs to add another multi goal scoring attacker this summer. For many this should be a so-called Super Quality attacker in the mould of Suarez, Rooney or Lewandowski, etc. Although I would welcome such an addition with open arms, it is far less of a priority for me than getting a solid DM who can play a bit of footie as well.
However, I do believe we need to add another attacker who is capable of scoring between 10 and 15 PL goals a season, depending on the number of appearances. I wrote a post not that long ago stating that Podolski, Giroud, Cazorla and Theo are likely to improve their collective PL goals tally significantly this season.
Out of these four attackers, I reckon Theo will make the biggest jump forward.
He will probably always remain a player who will follow great football games with anonymous ones, and he will equally frustrate and delight at times. But he will deliver on the bread and butter stuff for attackers: assists and goals – and not just in the smaller games, but in the big ones too.
I have a feeling that Arsenal will play much more to the strength of Theo this season. During preseason, and there were also glimpses of this in our last two competitive games, Arsenal have been much better in quick defence-to-attack switchovers. The likes of Wilshere, Rosicky and Ramsey have been clearly instructed to play the long ball over the top, or through-balls into space, in order to launch our wingers; and Gnabry, Ox and Theo have been making fine runs to receive these. Especially Theo has benefited from this, and I am positive it will become the catalyst for him to start scoring in the region of 20+ PL goals this season.
Instead of competing with Giroud for the central striker position, he seems to accept now that a free role on the wing – with a continuous licence to move into the middle – is really ideal for him. Giroud is happy to do all the hard work in the middle and not be the main attacking threat, as Arsenal like to spread out the responsibility for scoring goals between all attackers – something we should welcome very much.
Walcott is an instinctive and confident striker who does not over-think or over-execute his moves, passes or attempts on goal. At times, this will make us annoyed as it feels like Theo is not making enough effort or is even flippant, but we should remember that this is just his style; and it is also the reason why he has always been able to score against the biggest teams, despite being very young (still). He knows no nerves and is very goal focused. Theo does not only have a cool head in front of goal as well as great speed, he also has a very good first touch, which is a priceless attribute combined with speed.
Theo scored eight goals and produced eight assists in 35 PL games two seasons ago, and last year he made a significant step forward with 14 PL goals and ten assists in 32 games (despite not starting quite a few). He is still only 24 and there is much more to come from him, and I am confident he can improve with the same margin of PL goals as he did between 2012 and 2013 again (six), this season.
Therefore 20 PL goals or more is very much feasible, as long as he stays fit of course. It could turn out that Arsene already made his best signing in our attack, back in January this year.
Such is my confidence that Theo will become the main PL goal scorer for us (although Giroud will not be much behind him this season), that I believe Arsenal could do well even without the addition of a super quality striker.
I also remain convinced Arsene will actually not go for a super quality striker but for a good, ideally PL-experienced one instead, as to add strength in depth. Victory through harmoniously spreading the goals between the attackers and rest of the team is the way forward. And yet, I expect Theo to move himself to new heights this season and grow into a 20+ PL goals striker.
But, as always, I am looking forward to hearing your views. 🙂
Written by: TotalArsenal.
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