Wenger plays down need for attacking additions

Arsenal manager Arsene WengerArsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that his current crop of striker will be enough to get the club into the top four.

The Gunners lost Robin van Persie to Premier League rivals Manchester City over the summer, and have, as of yet, failed to secure an adequate replacement.

Both Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski were drafted in to fill the void left by the Dutchman, but whilst they have impressed at times, the duo have lacked consistency.

This has led to speculation that the Frenchman may delve into the January transfer market to bring in a guaranteed source of goals, but he is adamant that he has all the firepower he needs:

“As numbers we have enough. We have plenty of quality strikers. We could do with top quality, one more, but you have to find him.” He is quoted by The Mirror.

“No (I don’t see it as a problem). When you speak about ‘anyone’ coming in, I could just go out and buy anyone just to give people hope.

“What is important is that you bring in players who can strengthen your team, or you do nothing and are strong enough to do nothing.”

With Theo Walcott’s future resolved and Giroud appearing to have adjusted to the Premier League, Wenger feels that his attacking options will be strong for the latter half of the season:

“If Walcott had left, everybody would have said, ‘You lost a top striker.’

“Giroud is getting there, I believe. He has started 11 Premier League games and scored eight goals. In all competitions he has 14 goals. Overall, he is slowly getting there.

“If you look at the number of goals we’ve scored, we’ve scored more than last year, when we had the best striker in the Premier League. That means the players who play have some qualities to score goals.”

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