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Arsene Wenger brushes off transfer rumours for Welbeck, Falcao and Zigic

Modified 29 Aug 2014, 11:32 IST
Arsene Wenger confirms Oliver Giroud will be out of action for four months after a broken shinbone

Arsene Wenger has denied reports that he is looking to sign Manchester United striker Danny Welback, Radamel Falcao or the Serbian centre-forward Nikola Zigic..

The Frenchman confirmed that Olivier Giroud will be out of action for 4 months. He has been rumoured to be looking for more options upfront after Olivier Giroud picked up an injury during the 2-2 draw at Everton.

The signing of Alexis Sanchez for a hefty amount of £32 milllion has paid dividends, as he scored the winning goal in 1-0 win over Besiktas.However, as of now, Wenger has dispelled any claims of looking for a replacement for Giroud.

When Wenger was asked about a free transfer opportunity for Zigic, Wenger replied: ”Zigic? No.”

"You will ask me straight away who we will buy. I give you the answer - at the moment, no-one," Wenger added.

Arsenal happy with the strength of the squad

Wenger cleared his point on the importance of performance of a player on the football pitch and stated that he wasn’t going for any replacements this summer.

"If you want to make everyone happy you buy all of these players but what is important is the performance on the football pitch. If you look at the players we had on the bench and those out injured, we have players. You cannot buy every time a player is injured."We are open for any position as long as we feel the player can strengthen the squad. Buy to buy? I don't see the purpose of that."


Since the Arsenal manager is not going for any major signing ahead of the deadline day, it’s expected that they will turn towards rookies Joel Campbell and Yaya Sanogo and Germany World Cup winner Lukas Pudolski to cover for Giroud.

"I bought him to play as a striker, not to only play on the flanks,” Wenger said.

"He had a good game, not only on the technical side but on the fighting side."He was mobile and dangerous and showed he has great fighting spirit - qualities which will be important in the Premier League." Wenger added

Published 29 Aug 2014, 00:39 IST
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