Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that he is not in urgent need of a striker despite Olivier Giroud, his leading frontman, sustaining an ankle injury in the 2-2 draw with Everton in the Premier League on Saturday.
While Wenger is wary of ruling out a move for a centre-forward going into the final stages of the transfer window, he did say that any such move is extremely unlikely.
“We have plenty of players at centre-forward. In England as soon as you have a problem, people want you to buy,” he said.
“Unfortunately, I can give you some clubs that every time they lose a game they say they might need to buy more.
“I’ve learnt one thing in our job – you say nothing categorically.”
Giroud injured himself after charging towards a clearance from Everton defender Sylvain Distin in stoppage time at Goodison Park, and it is believed that he may be sidelined for a long duration.
This has led to Arsenal being linked with the likes of Edinson Cavani, Loic Remy and Wilfred Bony over the last 24 hours, but Wenger seems to be adamant that he has enough options in the striking department.
While Yaya Sanogo is the only other recognised striker in Arsenal’s ranks at the moment, what has perhaps made Wenger so firm in his belief is the fact that Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski can all play up front if called upon.
Published 27 Aug 2014, 17:38 IST