Arsenal fans received some bad news on Wednesday night following Arsene Wenger’s insistence that the club will not be signing an additional marquee forward.
Arsenal suffered a massive injury blow over the weekeend with hitman Oliver Giroud out for up to 4 months, and despite boss Arsene Wenger’s statements to the contrary he will surely be under pressure to land a replacement front man before Monday’s deadline.
Following the broken tibia injury sustained by Oliver Giroud, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has denied that the club will be pressurised into panic buying a big name replacement and is insisting there is the depth in his squad to cope with the setback.
When the names of Ramadel Falcao, Danny Welbeck and Nikola Zigic were put to him in a press conference as possible signings in the wake of Giroud’s injury the Gunners’ boss response, as reported in The Express, was:
“”You will ask me straight away who we will buy. I give you the answer – at the moment, no-one. 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.”
Wenger has options available to him in the current squad with Costa Rican World Cup hero Joel Campell, Yaya Sanogo and the experienced Lukas Podolski all recognised strikers in addition to new signing Alexis Sanchez who could fill in there if needed.
Despite the Frenchman’s denials the rumour mill is cranking up and a whole host of high profile strikers have been linked with a move to the Emirates. The Star reports that a deal to bring Paris Saint Germain striker Edinson Cavani to the Emirates is a possibility. The Gunners have the cash for the whopping £50 million transfer fee but as ever with Arsenal their rigid wage structure is a turn off for cash hungry superstars.
A more cost effective option would be Italian international striker Alessio Cerci, who would be available for a mere £15 million from Torino. The player who impressed last season in Serie A has 13 Italian caps to his credit.
Fellow Premier League side Southampton have emerged as the main rivals for Cerci’s signature with boss Ronald Koeman looking for an established striker to partner new recruit Shane Long.
Arsenal overcame Besiktas 1-0 on Wednesday to qualify for the Champions League group stages for the 17th season in a row.
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