Despite many saying the lack of depth up front is a weak point for the Premier League leaders, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes they are just fine.
The man often known for his club’s thriftiness says they won’t act desperate in the transfer market.
“I think we can win the title without signing a striker,” Wenger said. His reason? Theo Walcott.
“Theo gives us qualities that other players haven’t got,” said the Frenchman. “It’s a different option. Theo also gives us an opportunity to be a mobile striker.”
He did admit, however, that if current striker Olivier Giroud went down, they would have to change their tactics a bit. “If we lose Giroud today we have nobody with body weight up front.”
The most noise in the press is linking Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema to the Emirates, but Wenger said the national team link between Giroud and Benzema is a reason not to go in that direction.
“I don’t think that’s a good idea,” said Wenger. “In France we have a competition for the striker position, between Giroud and Benzema. You cannot fault Giroud’s mentality of commitment. He has been mentally tested.”
In addition, the lack of bodies for Real Madrid at the same position makes the likelihood of Benzema leaving even lower.
While he didn’t rule out the possibility of finding cover in the January market, Wenger also said that the close return of Lukas Podolski makes their in-house prospects even better.
Is Wenger right to assume his club is in an ok position?