Let me open with a disclaimer. This article is not based on any news, be it rumor or fact. All I did here was have a look at the two best strikers that could be available in January and knowing we are in need there, I chose to analyze the two best options and what they’d bring to Arsenal. I reiterate we aren’t linked with them in any way (and if we are, I am not aware) so this article is purely a ‘what if’ scenario.
That said, it’s very rare to find top quality strikers available in ANY transfer market, let alone a January one. In this one, there are two; Karim Benzema and Robert Lewandowski. Same age but very different styles of play. Let me begin with Benzema.
I’ve been a long time fan of Benzema, since he played for Lyon and scored both home and away against Man Utd. Benzema AT HIS BEST is a striker few (if any) defenders can handle. This is because he has it all. Pace, dribbling skill, fantastic ball control, power, aerial ability, intelligence, a commendable degree of ambidexterity, team play, passing and finally, finishing. When he played for Lyon, he looked like he was (at 19 years old) a player set for world domination. His first season at Real Madrid showed signs of that continued promise but since then he never really hit those heights again.
Don’t get me wrong he always returns 15+ goals a season which is not too bad but for a player with his capability, it really should be double that. To be fair to him, he plays for Real Madrid which has CR7 as their main man. Add that to the fact that history has shown much like Chelsea, some players just don’t do well there ( ask Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben and company) and maybe it is just a case of being in the wrong team. That said, its is difficult to ignore his glaring inconsistency while there. He will score 5 goals in 3 games then go on a 5 game goal drought.
Also, over the years he has suffered attitude problems but this looks to be a thing of the past. Therein lies the problem for me. Ideally, he would fit seamlessly into our side but he is an unknown quantity (as per now). Thing is he is still not yet in his prime so Arsene can turn him into a world beater like he did Henry. And believe me, all the qualities are there. In fact given the midfield we have, it could take him very little time to adapt.
Then there’s Lewandowski. He is a very different kettle of fish to Benzema. Lewandowski reminds me of Ruud Van Nistelrooy. Except he is better at holding up play. Lewie is not the fastest of players but he is ruthlessly lethal. In fact if I didn’t know better I’d think that rather than normal training, Klopp locks him in a room where he undergoes non stop target practice. Lewandowski does not suffer goal droughts simply because his intelligence levels are sky high. He guarantees 30+ goals every season.
My issue with Lewie is that he is a poacher, pure and simple. He has scored roughly 90 something goals the past 3 seasons but there are a fistful (if any) spectacular goals because what he does best is finish off moves. If you look at Arsenal’s recent history, there aren’t any poachers save for Eduardo so would he fit in? But then again, with the midfield we have, do we really need anything more? Besides Lewie is still 25, so he still has room to learn new tricks..
Anyway I put this question out to you. Which of the two (given the choice) would you rather see playing at Arsenal and why?
Written by: Marcus