Arsene Wenger has hit backs at claims he should have signed a striker in January, saying that they “do not walk in off the street”.
Wenger’s comments come after Arsenal drew 0-0 with Southampton on Tuesday, with the hosts failing to breach Fraser Forster’s goal despite having 21 shots.
The Gunners are now without a goal in their last three Premier League matches, their worst run since 2009, and some believe Wenger should have targeted a new striker in the summer transfer window, if not the one which has just passed in January.
But Wenger has rejected such claims, saying that world-class strikers “do not walk in off the street”. We doubt that’s where Manchester United found Robin van Persie when they signed him – from Arsenal – to fire the club to the Premier League title in 2013.
“If you know a world-class striker who could strengthen our team you should have told me before the transfer window was over,” Wenger said. “They do not walk in off the street and say ‘please take me’. They are all at big clubs and under contract.
“We produced quite a good performance in the second half and created ten good chances. The performance we wanted was there but we can’t be happy with the way we finished our chances. That is what is disappointing. Some players missed chances they should take and our finishing is very bad at the moment.
“We started slowly but in the first half Özil had two good chances. The second half was one-way traffic but we still couldn’t score, we didn’t make enough of our set pieces. If you could not play, if you could not create a chance you feel concerned, but we had 70% possession today and 22 shots on goal. Finishing is a bit cyclical, and right now it is very down.”
Right now, Wenger and Arsenal are one of the biggest losers of the transfer window. Sorry, Arsene.