One precious goal from Alex Oxlad-Chamberlain early in the second half was enough to enable Arsenal to clinch the victory against Newcastle on Saturday at St. James’ Park.
With 79% ball possession, the gunners had all opportunities to get more goals and seal their victory earlier on, after Newcastle Aleksandar Mitrovic got a straight red card following a studs-up challenge deemed malicious by the referee.
Technically, Arsenal victory does not mean that the team is out of the woods. The offensive line’s failure to capitalize on a reduced-to 10 New Castle and score more goals suggests that Arsene Wenger needs to sharpen his offensive compartment and accumulate points at a time where the champion Chelsea look sloppy.
Wenger is still open to signing Paris St. Germain top class striker Edinson Cavani, but nothing is finalized yet, despite persistent buzz that the Cavani is considering joining the gunners.
The anticipated chemistry between Cavani and Alexis Sanchez is more likely to revitalize the gunners’ offensive compartment. Unlike Giroud who is less mobile, Cavani is a hardworking mobile striker who can confuse any defensive line through his ability to unmark himself and the potential support he will get from Sanchez explosive speed and multiform dribbling skills.
To be a credible title contender, Arsenal need to sharpen their offensive line.