The Gunners have been heavily linked with moves for a striker and a centre-forward over the course of the past few days, with Olivier Giroud’s injury woes and the sale of Thomas Vermaelen having left them short of options in the respective roles.
The French manager says that he’s set to monitor all activity in the market over the weekend up until the window closes, but suggested that those plans will be kept secret.
According to BBC Sport, he said:
I will be actively involved on the final day of the window and I will be on alert until the last minute of transfer deadline day.
Many clubs are on the market and everybody knows each other. The last few days are a poker game.
There’s a lot of lies there in the few days, everybody is interested in the same player even if you’re the only one who wants the player.
However, Wenger has also insisted that the North London club, who travel to Leicester City on Sunday, have plenty of cover for the injured Giroud up front. He added:
If I give you the number of strikers I have at the moment, it’s absolutely unbelievable.
We have (Yaya) Sanogo, (Alexis) Sanchez, we have (Theo) Walcott, we have (Lukas) Podolski, we have Giroud who will come back during the season and I forget maybe one or two. (Joel) Campbell can play centre forward as well.
The success of a season doesn’t depend on one player that you buy or not. I think you do it when you think it strengthens your squad. If you find the right player you want to do it. We have shown in the last two seasons, when we think money has to be spent we do it.
The Gunners face a tricky Premier League tie away to Leicester City tomorrow and the very next day the transfer window will close, which will make it hard for Wenger to do some business. However, time is running out and there is vital business the Frenchman must conduct to ensure his squad is strong enough to compete on all fronts.
They definitely need an additional centre-half after Vermaelen left for Barcelona. Chambers has come in, but despite all of his promise, he lacks experience at centre-back and the Gunners require a fourth central defensive option to ensure they have the requisite strength in depth to survive the rigorous of a long season. Sokratis Papastathopoulos has been heavily linked but it remains to be seen whether Dortmund would be prepared to let him leave.
The Emirates side also need a defensive midfielder, as doubts persist over Arteta’s ability to play regularly as a holding midfielder in a title-challenging side. They may need to move for a younger, more powerful alternative if they are to build a team capable of coping with the muscular midfield’s of Manchester City and Chelsea. William Carvalho is the likely man to take that role, with Rabiot also being recently linked.
We also require a centre-forward, but Wenger appears confident that he can manage with his current options. However, he must recognise that failing to bring in a new forward would place an enormous burden on new signing Alexis Sanchez to deliver the goods. Falcao and Cavani are strongly linked and while you can never say never in football, the chances of joining the club before the end of the window are almost non-existent. Remy looks the most realistic option to go for considering the price tag and transfer situation.
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