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Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Glenn Hoddle has suggested Arsenal or another top side should have signed Jermain Defoe
Hoddle while talking to BT Sport after Bournemouth’s first win over Brighton, during which Defoe scored his first goal of the season for the Cherries, said: “You know if you give him one chance [he’s going to score],” reports Daily Star via Daily Cannon.
“I am so surprised one of the top six teams in this country haven’t taken him and got him back in. This fella keeps himself fit and he only needs one chance in a game. If he was at United or Arsenal or something and he’s coming on for a half hour every game, he would get four or five chances.”
Defoe remains one of the best finishers in the Premier League till date and would obviously score goals for any team he plays for but there is actually little reason to suggest he would have been an important signing for the Gunners.
Wenger only recently splashed £50million in the summer window to get Alexandre Lacazette who joins Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck as options up front for the Gunners. Defoe would have found it difficult to even make the subs bench had he been signed for the Gunners.
Secondly, for a player who turns 35 in a matter of weeks, he was only going to be an option off the bench as rightfully suggested by Hoddle.
In matches the Gunners are chasing, Giroud remains a better bet as he provides a totally different option aerially, the Frenchman who enjoyed much success from the bench last season carried on this year with his winning goal off the bench against Leicester on the opening day of the Premier League, Defoe on the hand is arguably one of the smallest strikers in the League.
In games the Gunners need to see out, Giroud off the bench again can easily hold the ball up to continually ease the pressure on the Gunners. Sanchez, Welbeck and Lacazette are hardworking strikers who will defend from the front and win cheap fouls with their trickery.
Not to doubt the obvious ability of Defoe, but the role the striker would have played at the Emirates is currently being occupied by players more suited to the tasks.