Arsene Wenger discusses Arsenal transfer business after recent striker struggles

PUBLISHED: 06:40 03 February 2016

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (Martin Rickett/PA Wire)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (Martin Rickett/PA Wire)


Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal have enough firepower in their squad after he failed to sign a striker in the transfer window.

For months Gunners fans have called for the club to sign a “world-class” centre forward as they push for the Premier League title this season.

Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott have been trusted to lead the line this season and both have gone through scoring sprees and barren runs as the Gunners sit fourth in the table.

Arsenal have struggled to hit the back of the net in recent weeks with no goals in their past three league games, and Wenger’s men looked toothless in attack again as they drew 0-0 with Southampton at home last night.

But Wenger says big-name forwards are not easy to come by in the transfer market, and he is adamant that his side can score enough goals to win the title.

“If you knew a world-class striker who could strengthen our team you should have told me before the transfer deadline was over,” Wenger said.

“They do not walk in the street and say ‘please, here is a world-class striker can you take me?’ They are all big clubs and under contract. There were none available.”

“We have Walcott, Giroud, Ozil, Sanchez and Welbeck, who is coming back.

“Instead of thinking tonight a miracle man could have scored for us I think it is better to think about how we can score with the players we have. We can score goals, we have shown that before.”

Wenger’s frustrating night against Southampton was made worse as Arsenal’s main title rivals all picked up vital wins.

The Arsenal boss says his side must ignore how the other top sides are faring and focus only on their own performances.

“Leicester won again and now I am sure that everybody will take them very seriously, especially the media,” he said.

“They will be under pressure as well but we have to not look too much at Leicester or Manchester City. We have to win football games, to respond quickly and to win our next game. That’s all you can do.

“It’s a dream to think you can catch the others if you do not win your games, and in the last three games we took two points.”

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