The big decision Wenger has to make this summer

By Avenell Dave

We all know that Wenger needs a quality goalkeeper and a new centre-back and I suspect there may be a few more comings and goings at Arsenal than we have known for some time.

One new arrival which seems to be in the bag is that of Maraoune Chamakh, the Moroccan striker who has carrie don where he left off last season and scored a decent number of goals for his club Bordeaux.

But while I'm sure the resting of Nick Bendtner on Saturday was to give the young forward a rest, Chamakh's arrival throws up a major question about Arsene Wenger's attacking strategy.

One of the problems on Saturday was that we weren't incisive enough.

We kept possession reasonably well and knocked the ball from one side to the other but the standard of our crosses wasn't great and we lacked the killer pass to break through a fair Citeh defence.

Chamakh will give us another striking option, coming in as a replacement for M*nu Ad*b*y-whore a year too late, it seems.

But that raises questions in itself.

Some have suggested that Nick was rested on Saturday because he can't play with RvP, which may be the case, but the only way that they will strike a relationship is by playing together.

Chamakh and Bendtner are both great in the air, which will give us the aerial strength in attack that we've missed at times.

But one of the great things about the early Wenger years was our ability to counter attack with pace and score before teams could get back and get organised.

The goal that Andrey Arshavin scored at Anfield last season when he ran the length of the field from a Liverpool corner and latched onto Theo Walcott's through ball was poety and just the sort of goal we used to score for fun.

Not any more.

So given that RvP should be the Dennis Bergkamp-type player, scoring goals and equally adept at assists, with either Cahamkh or Bendtner as a target man to hold the ball up and win headers, we're left with one gaping hole.

We simply don't have a quality finisher with pace and an eye for goal who can take over the gap that hasn't been filled since Thierry Henry left for Barca.

Of course, strikers with that kind of ability are on the wanted lists of every single club in the world and Arsenal's chief scout Steve Rowley will no doubt be looking high and low to infd someone who can take on that task.

Certainly I don't think Walcott is yet capable of being that player, even though Wenger sees him in that position in the long term.

We need someone who can chip in with 20+ goals every season who frightens the life out of defences.

Liverpool have Torres, the Ch*vs have Drogba and M*nure have Shrek and all of them have shown recently how to score on the break - the latter two against us, unfortunately.

Wenger can't rely on Eduardo, who hasn't been the same player since his injury, unfortunately, nor can he trust Carlos Vela, who falls over and is yet to score a Premier League goal (not that he's had too many chances).

Will Walcott suddenly turn into the new Henry or will Wenger be content to play the slightly slower brand of football that demands carving openings against well-drilled defences?

Only Wenger knows for sure what he wants to do - but let's hope the scouts unearth another gem that takes the Premier League by storm next season.