Arsene Wenger has responded to reports that Arsenal are keen on signing strikers Andrea Belotti and Alvaro Morata.
Torino striker Belotti has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates after sporting director Gianluca Petrachi claimed the Gunners had made a huge £55 million bid for the Italian which had been refused.
The striker himself has insisted he is not thinking about the speculation and is simply concentrating on his football as he aims to continue his excellent form for the Serie A side.
Wenger has now been asked about the reported interest in Belotti at a pre-match press conference on Friday and insists there is nothing in the rumours: “That’s one you call today fake news.”
Arsenal have also been linked with a move for Real Madrid’s Morata in the summer although Wenger has insisted the club are well-stocked for strikers at present and in no need of reinforcements.
“We have Welbeck coming back,” he said in response to questions about Morata. “We have Giroud, Sanchez, Walcott, Perez who is doing very well.
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“We have plenty of strikers. We have Chuba Akpom, Sanogo. We have a high number of strikers.”
In-form striker Olivier Giroud has also recently extended his contract with the club and Wenger has praised his attitude this season.
“He has accepted the challenge of not being automatically selected and responded in the right way. When you’re in the situation, you feel sorry for yourself or you say ‘here I have a challenge which I have to take on and work even harder’, and that’s what he did,” he explained.
“He has benefitted from the fact that he has worked very hard and that he is fresh at the moment while other players have played many games and sometimes need a little breather.
“We have just extended his contract so that means he has very interesting qualities in the offensive games. We are a team who prefers to play on the ground and when we don’t pass on the ground we go in the air and he can still help us there.”
While Arsenal are well-stocked for forwards currently, the future of Alexis Sanchez remains uncertain, and the club will certainly be eyeing replacements in case the worst happens and he fails to extend his current deal with the club.