Player Report: Could German Striker With 7 Goals In 12 Games The Answer To Arsenal’s Forward ‘Problems’?

Last season was one to remember for Stefan Kiessling. Not only did he outscore Robert Lewandowski to claim the Bundesliga top scorer accolade, but he also finished third in the league with Bayer Leverkusen, qualifying for the Champions League. But while the Borussia Dortmund star hogged the headlines, Kiessling had to make do with the little bit of attention he got from those who keep an eye on proceedings in Germany.

The 29-year-old is a tall, strong forward who is good with his feet. He scored 25 league goals in just 34 appearances, eight of which were headers, and he also created 66 chances for his team-mates, which is something that would be warmly accepted into the Arsenal squad.

The Gunners have little backup in the striker berths, with Olivier Giroud and Nicklas Bendtner the only real options right now, and by my reckoning Kiessling could be ideal for the north London side.

He has a strong mindset, is able to link effortlessly with the midfield and provides a real aerial threat. This season he has already bagged seven goals in 12 games, while making 15 key passes, although the potential decrease in game time may be the snag.

Kiessling has all the qualities of a top-class striker and to see him doing his thing at the Emirates would be a joy to all, in my opinion.