There are a few Arsenal fans currently enjoying a pint in the Football Transfer Tavern after their clash with Southampton and reflecting on a good start to the season.
Now Amy Lawrence from The Guardian has arrived in the bar with interesting claims from Arsene Wenger that Arsenal do not have to sign a striker in order to win the Premier League title.
The long-serving Gunners boss believes that the return from injury of Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski, along with the form of Olivier Giroud could be enough to bring silverware to the Emirates.
Wenger told reporters: “Theo gives us qualities that other players haven’t got. It’s a different option. Theo also gives us an opportunity to be a mobile striker. If we lose Giroud today we have nobody with body weight up front.
“I think we can win the title without signing a striker. Podolski is not back but he shouldn’t be too far now. They make it less critical to sign a striker. Look I am not against it (January signing). I don’t say I never make a mistake – I certainly made some. Sometimes it is because we didn’t sign the right player.
The uncertain looks of the Gunners supporters gives the impression this is a worrying statement with the side lacking depth up-front which has seen misfit striker Nicklas Bendtner make several appearances for the team this term.
However Wenger did not altogether rule out an attempt to bring another forward to the club, but insists that January is never the right time to sign players.
He added: “Look I am not against it,” he said. “I don’t say I never make a mistake – I certainly made some. It is always difficult in the middle of the season. If somebody is doing well somewhere the clubs do not necessarily want to sell him. They can wait until the end of the season. Most of the time it is because we didn’t find the right player.”
Lawrence then brought more quotes from Wenger that seemingly quashed suggestions Karim Benzema, who plays alongside Giroud for France, could be on his way. Wenger said, when asked about a possible swoop for the Real Madrid man: “I don’t think that’s a good idea,”
Is Wenger right or do the Gunners look short in attack? Let us know your thoughts below.
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience