Arsenal fans are used to watching great strikers like Ian Wright, Dennis Bergkamp, and Thierry Henry, so there are high expectations placed on any new forward signed by the club. But since these greats left the club, Wenger's signing record has been less than stellar. One thing that a lot of Wenger's strikers have in common is that they were signed from France, and while France can produce great players like Theirry Henry, it can also produce some flops.

Marouane Chamakh arrived in London in 2010 to a mixed reception. The Moroccan seemed promising, and his aerial ability certainly gave Arsenal more options, but he was never really prolific for Bordeaux, with his best goal tally being just sixteen in forty-seven matches. A decent back-up striker, but certainly B-list, not the kind of signing that will win you the Premier League title. When he was signed, fans were hoping that Wenger had seen something in him that others had missed, and that he would go on to improve at Arsenal, but that wasn't the case. He only managed eleven goals in his debut season, and since then his form got worse and worse. By the time he left Crystal Palace, a team whose quick-crossing style should've led to him scoring for fun, he'd only scored ten goals in sixty-six appearances for them.

Yaya Sanogo looked like the classic diamond-in-the-rough that Wenger likes to sign and develop, and at the age of twenty-four, could still become a top footballer. Unfortunately for him, his Arsenal career got off to a bad start when he was brought in during a summer of little transfer activity. Arsenal fans were expecting a big name, and Sanogo wasn't that player. If anything, he was rushed into the Arsenal squad when he wasn't quite ready. He still has the best years ahead of him though, and if he can shake off his injury problems, he may well become a decent forward in the future.

Park Chu Young's move to Arsenal ended up almost destroying his career. Before his move, he was scoring roughly a goal every three games in a poor Monaco side and was captaining his country. He was about to sign for Lille before Arsenal poached him. His price-tag looked like a bargain at the time, but because of the rush to sign him, something was missed. He didn't fit in at Arsenal, and never really became part of Wenger's plans, making just seven appearances in all competitions. For Arsenal, he can be seen as a small gamble that backfired, nothing to worry too much about. For Park, however, his time at Arsenal was catastrophic, and his loan spells to Celta and Watford were equally ill-advised. He only really began to get his career back on track when he returned to his first club, FC Seoul. Even there, despite scoring the goal that won them the championship last year, he seems a shadow of his former-self.

Something that all of these players have in common is that after failing at Arsenal, they were sent on loan to try and rejuvenate their careers, but, despite Yaya Sanogo scoring a hat-trick in under twenty minutes for Charlton Athletic, none of their loan spells were enough to turn their careers around. Perhaps when the next striker that Arsenal gamble on fails to impress in north London, Arsenal should think carefully about which club to send him on loan to, so that he has the best chance of being successful in the future, whether for Arsenal, or elsewhere.