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Pires: Giroud needs a helper


GIROUD-DOWNLONDON, England, March 27 Arsenal legend Robert Pires believes a new striker should be top of the agenda for manager Arsene Wenger come the end of the current campaign.

Pires was part of the Gunners team that dominated the Premier League during the early 2000s, and etched his name into English football’s history books after helping lead the side to their ‘Invincibles’ campaign in 2003/04.

The current crop of Arsenal players have struggled to come even close to replicating the achievements of that class, with Wenger and company having gone without a title for eight season.

That unwanted run could come to an end this term, though, with the Emirates Stadium outfit through to the FA Cup semi-finals, but it is in the Premier League and Champions League where the side’s shortcomings have been glaringly obvious.

And Pires, who has seen his former club slip to fourth in the top-flight standings, is hoping Wenger can find the right man to line up alongside lone striker Olivier Giroud.

The Frenchman said: “It’s very important to buy the other striker because maybe you can play 4-4-2. The priority must be a new striker to play with Olivier Giroud.

“For the moment, it’s a good season. They are fourth and they are playing against Wigan in the semi-final of the FA Cup.

“On Saturday, against Manchester City, it’s like a final for the future. If Arsenal win, it’s possible to win the title. You never know when you’re talking about football.

“I always believe in Arsene Wenger, in this team and the players themselves. I’m confident for Arsenal.

“If we lose against Manchester City, the season is finished in terms of the Premier League.”