Bright and sparkly isn’t always better.
The world, his wife and their newborn Labradoodle are calling for Arsene to spend the spare £50 mill in his sky rocket replace Ollie with a worldie striker.
In my dealings on Twitter in the past week, I recalled a conversation slating OG12 as being a £12m striker and therefore he needed to be replaced by a £30m + striker to bring us up in the ability and credibility stakes.
Harsh I felt, as the size of the package paid for the striker is irrelevant, it’s what they do with it that counts.
Also, is Ollie really justified for all the criticism, I mean, in 99 games for The Arsenal he’s scored 42 goals, that’s pretty bloody good especially when compared with the so called £30m+ bracket players:
Christian Benteke (£32.5m) 42 goals in 88 appearances for Villa
(I’m not claiming Benteke is world class, it’s all about the money)
Karim Benzema (£48m, quoted fee) 87 in 188 (for Madrid)
Robert Lewandowski (£50m?) 93 in 164 (in Germany)
All around the 1 in 2 bracket, so are much of an upgrade?
Also, this time last year, Falcao, alongside Cavani, was one the must have strikers on the planet. Now he’s only getting loan deals cos no-one to risk losing a Russian oilfield to buy him and watch him get splinters earning £300k a week.
OG’s game isn’t just about banging in the goals.
He provides the link up play for the interchanging attacking midfielders, with decent stats of 100 chances created over the 3 full seasons.
It’s not his fault they don’t always turn into assists.
Which leads seamlessly to (?) my final point, yes I believe we need another forward to bolster the squad and yes whomever it is, it’s gonna cost in excess of £30m, but he shouldn’t be to replace Ollie, he should be to support or provide an alternative.
But with under a week to go until the money has to burn Arsene’s pocket until January, the chances of anyone driving along the M4 from Heathrow are looking slim to none.