Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has insisted he is under no pressure to bring a new striker to the club after admitting that it can be difficult to find the right players in the January transfer window.
While the Frenchman admitted his squad is light of physical striking options, Wenger has once again made it clear he will only spend money on the right player. In what looks like being one of the tightest title races in years, according to Betfair, the Gunners may need to spend big if they are going to sign the right sort of striker.
With Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski both closing in on returning to the first team following their respective injuries, Wenger’s striking worries will be significantly eased in the run-up to a crucial festive period. While the Premier League odds are backing Arsenal to be a force in this season’s title race, a lack of options up front could well come back to bite the Gunners at some point this year.
Olivier Giroud has been shouldering responsibility of scoring the majority of Arsenal’s goals so far this season – putting himself right in the mix with Betfair to win the Premier League Golden Boot – with the consistently average Nicklas Bendtner as the Gunners only other option up front.
The Arsenal manager has previously stated that he has faith in Bendtner’s ability – despite the fact he’s actually seen the Dane play – but Wenger has admitted the ‘striker’ will most likely move on in January. That said, the Gunners boss won’t be making any rash moves in the transfer market in order to bolster his attacking options.
“If we lose Giroud today we have nobody with body weight up front, apart from Bendtner.”
“But 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,” admitted Wenger.