Arsene Wenger is still searching for attacking reinforcements this summer despite missing out on a number of reported top targets this summer, and his comments suggest it’s not necessarily an out and out striker that is on his wish list.
Speaking after the Gunners 2-1 win over San Jose on Friday morning, the Gunners boss reiterated the lack of experienced attacking options at his disposal, citing the space available to youngsters on the preseason tour without Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey’s involvement (via MLS Soccer).
Arsenal face Liverpool in the opening Premier League weekend and look likely to start with a makeshift option of either Joel Campbell or Theo Walcott with failed pursuits of a number of strikers this summer.
The Gunners have been linked with the likes of Gonzalo Higauin, Mauro Icardi and Alexander Lacazette this summer, with the latter reportedly approached by Wenger’s negotiation team this summer. The offer was swiftly rejected.
Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez has also been heavily linked with a move to north London of late, and Wenger’s post-match comments suggest the winger may well fit the bill as a versatile, experienced and established attacking option.
“I have, at the moment, not too many attacking options of experienced players,” Wenger said (via MLS Soccer). “Let’s not forget that we still have a few players at home and a few players who didn’t play today like [Santi Cazorla]. And of course we have [Mesut Ozil] and [Aaron Ramsey] at home. And [Olivier Giroud] is not here.
“So we have options, but we still look outside to find one more.”
With the season fast approaching, Wenger should have his work cut out considering such vital members of the squad are likely to be absent and short of match sharpness for the start of the new campaign.
However it appears the Frenchman will look to August 31st as the real deadline for acquisitions. As for the suggestion it may well be a winger rather than a striker, once again it will be a failure to land the right man to reinforce the positions that desperately need improving.
Sure landing Mahrez would be a massive signing and could prove pivotal, but with just Olivier Giroud leading the line it’s just not enough quality and numbers-wise.
Wenger knows he needs a striker, let’s hope it’s not just the one attacking reinforcement that’s on his agenda.