Arsenal won’t win the Premier League title without a goal scorer takes a look at how Arsenal are being made to pay for failing to replace Robin van Persie this summer

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Olivier Giroud arrived at Arsenal from Montpellier this summer Photo: Olivier Giroud / Twitter

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No goal scorer means no title for Arsenal

To win a league title you need a goal scorer, and that is something Arsenal cannot lay claim to having.

Manchester United have a few, so do Manchester City, Chelsea have one and a number of free scoring midfielders, while Tottenham also have a finisher.

Spot the odd club out – it’s the Gunners – the supposed nailed-on club to finish fourth in the Premier League.

Arsène Wenger has failed to replace Robin van Persie at Arsenal and as a result, his side look doubtful to qualify for the Champions League next season – it’s the Europa League at best for the Gunners.

At Arsenal, there is always one glaringly obvious element to the team that needs strengthening or improving and every season Wenger fails to react, instead papering over the cracks.

In previous seasons it has been a goalkeeper or a central defender – this year it’s a striker and unfortunately by the time Wenger reacts in January and buys, the league title will have gone and with it Champions League football as well.

Gervinho is among the most over-rated players to ever grace The Emirates turf for Arsenal, while Frenchman Olivier Giroud is struggling to fill the void left by Van Persie.

The alternatives are Marouane Chamakh, who is even worse than Gervinho and the untried and untested contract rebel Theo Walcott.

Many had been raving about the Gunners’ start to the season but after defeats by Norwich and Chelsea, Wenger is now coming to terms with guiding his team to their fourth-worst start in Premier League history.

Kaboul sorely missed by Spurs

With Gareth Bale and Moussa Dembélé missing for Saturday’s loss to unbeaten Chelsea, many felt Tottenham’s problems would lie in attack not defence.

As it turned out, André Villas-Boas’ side could have scored six or seven themselves, but looked vulnerable at the back every time Chelsea’s flair players touched the ball.

It was not the absence of Bale or Dembélé that cost Tottenham on Saturday, but Spurs defender Younes Kaboul.

The France international had an outstanding season last year as the Lilywhites finished in the top four and were unlucky to miss out on Champions League football.

The defender, capped five times by France, is in his second spell at White Hart Lane and has matured into one of the best defenders in the Premier League.

Kaboul’s return from injury can’t come soon enough for the North London club and it will be interesting to see Villas-Boas’ line up when both he and Benoit Assou-Ekotto are fit.

Vertonghen has looked an attacking threat from left-back, but despite being deployed there occasionally for Belgium, looks more comfortable defending in a central role.

This was evident on occasions against Chelsea, but also in the victory at Old Trafford, where at times Manchester United’s Nani caught out the former Ajax man.

Vertonghen may adapt to his role on the left with match practice, which could see Kaboul line up alongside the promising Steven Caulker.

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