Olivier Giroud has gone off the boil at the absolute worst possible time for Arsenal, with the north London side losing ground in the title race.
Arsene Wenger’s men are now five points adrift table-topping Leicester City and three behind rivals Tottenham Hotspur with only 11 Premier League games remaining.
Giroud helped them have a realistic chance at the title, but he has drastically gone off form in recent games.
The 29-year-old forward hasn’t scored in his last nine outings across all competitions and his two goals against Liverpool in January, which took his total to 18, seem a long time ago.
Thus, the Gunners desperately need someone to replace the goals lost through the poor form of Giroud and their other forwards don’t look up to scratch.
Theo Walcott has only scored once this year and missed a catalogue of chances in 3-2 loss to Manchester United in Arsenal’s most recent game.
Meanwhile, Danny Welbeck has only just returned from injury and it is unclear how heavily he can be relied on during the crucial end of season push.
While it is true that the England forward has scored twice in his four appearances this season, he is yet to complete a full 90 minutes this term and is clearly still on the road to recovery.
Therefore, it is obvious that Wenger needs one of his midfielders to step up to grab the goals that would help mount a significant title challenge and there are two obvious options.
Mesut Ozil has been contributing massively to the Gunners’ cause with 18 assists in 25 top-flight appearances, but has only managed five goals in that run.
Adopting a more selfish attitude and using his undoubted talent to get his own name on the scoresheet would provide Arsenal with a catalyst for improving their form.
Similarly, Alexis Sanchez has only netted six times in the Premier League, but his goalscoring exploits at Barcelona, where he scored 19 goals in his last season for Barca, show he could be doing more.