Wenger: Why buy a striker? We have Akpom and Sanogo

Date published: Saturday 20th August 2016 9:11

Yaya Sanogo

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal intend to continue developing their own players as opposed to buying new ones.

Many have questioned Wenger’s reluctance to sign a central defender to assist a troubled backline affected by an injury crisis, but some also feel the club still require a striker.

Olivier Giroud fulfilled the role for much of last season, but disappointed at times when leading the line, and his credentials as a striker who can spearhead a title challenge remain in doubt.

Wenger has intimated that Alexis Sanchez will be used more often as a centre forward this season, but the Chilean struggled for fitness last campaign.

If Sanchez is going to need rests, Wenger could yet be tempted to delve into the market for a new striker.

But he is keen to give a chance to those already at the club, with Chuba Akpom an option after a strong showing in pre-season.

“I believe a club like ours is focused on giving chances to the players we develop in our own club,” he added.

“We have a few strikers who have a chance, if we find the right players we buy.

“It is not that easy – look at a club like Real Madrid, who have they bought? Up front, it is very difficult”

Asked if Akpom was in his thoughts, Wenger said: “Theo as well, it is an important season for Theo, because last year he had a difficult period.

“He can play as a striker and his numbers are excellent when he plays up front, we have Giroud, Sanchez, Walcott, Akpom and (Yaya) Sanogo who is still here but is injured at the moment – the players we buy have to be better.”

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