Olivier Giroud has bagged just twice in the last nine games and his slowed scoring rate has sent the rumour mill creaking into action, with compatriot Karim Benzema linked to an Emirates arrival.
With Nicklas Bendtner and Yaya Sanogo the only backup for the Arsenal man, Giroud has started all bar two of their games this season. It left Laurent Koscielny to wonder whether his teammate could be suffering from fatigue after the Manchester United defeat that left the Gunners as 7/2 shots for the title.
But would Arsene Wenger be upgrading his French striking options by signing Benzema?
The Real Madrid man has scored the same amount of goals as Giroud in less appearances this season.
Perhaps in contrast to public opinion, it is the Spanish-based Frenchman who has the better strike rate with his eight club goals coming from 16 appearances.
That betters Giroud’s effort of eight reasons to celebrate in 18 games and, with four strikes in the last four outings, Benzema is also in far more lethal form.
The Los Blancos’ hitman has nine seasons worth of Champions League experience to Giroud’s three.
A win in Dortmund gave Arsenal’s hope of qualification from their tumultuous Champions League group a real shot in the arm. Any further progression in the competition would certainly require striking backup to be acquired and few options would be as experienced as the ex-Lyon front man.
Benzema has 33 goals at the highest club level to his name from 57 run outs, which seriously overshadows Giroud’s six in 15.
A close quarter battle for the French starting spot will benefit the Gunners.
The ex-Montpellier player started the season quicker than his compatriot, with five strikes in the opening six games and nabbed the French striking spot as a result. Employing France’s top two strikers in the same side while they battle for national ascendancy can only aid Arsenal’s title hopes.
It certainly did for Newcastle with Alan Shearer and Les Ferdinand in the 1996/97 season, as the Magpies pair started 28 games together, losing just five and scoring 41 league goals between them as they finished second to Manchester United.