Arsene Wenger has once again defended his decision not to sign a striker this summer and bemoaned the lack of top-class forwards in the game today, with the boss blaming the high-quality pitches available around Europe as a cause of this, The Telegraph reports.
Wenger believes that the focus in Europe has shifted towards possession and sharpening technique, a concept which has led to a surge in promising midfielders but few natural centre-forwards.
Pointing towards South-America, Wenger stated that the poor conditions in that region leads to a more direct approach and has subsequently placed the emphasis on bullish strikers. A quick glance at the landscape of top strikers today would backup Wenger’s theory.
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“We now produce good technical players because there are nice pitches,” Wenger told the publication.
“Before, you played in the park where you had to kick the ball up front and you had to fight.
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“All those kinds of things have gone. The strikers are South American today. Europe doesn’t produce strikers anymore.”
The likes of Sergio Aguero, Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani, Diego Costa and our very own Alexis Sanchez all grew up in South-America and their similarities are striking.
The aggression and the will to succeed the aforementioned quintet show on a weekly basis is something astonishing and what sets them apart.
Wenger’s theory may be substantial, but fans will still wonder why we haven’t poached a player of an elite calibre to lead the line for us for the past three years.