Wenger bemoans ‘shortage’ of options

Date published: Thursday 10th September 2015 9:35

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he is confident that Arsenal have enough cover to cope with the rigours of a possible 50-plus game season.

Wenger has been roundly criticised by a section of his own support after Arsenal were the only club not to sign an outfield player in Europe’s top five leagues.

However, Wenger has explained that, whilst he did look to bring in a player, there were no “efficient solutions”.

The manager also claims he has sufficient cover in his squad, despite both the striker and defensive midfield positions looking light on viable options.

“In the end the solutions were not what we wanted. We looked but you have to find an efficient solution. The solutions we had were not convincing at all,” Wenger said.

“Look at what happened in the transfer market and it tells you there is a shortage out there.

“I am confident that we have enough quality and cover.

“The good news about the window shutting is that we can now focus on the football.”

The bad news about the window shutting is that Danny Welbeck has been ruled out for over three months, while neither Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott look like the kind of striker that will lead the title challenge that so many at Arsenal have promised supporters.

Furthermore, Francis Coquelin has never started more than 19 league games in a season, and he’s only reached double figures twice. Coquelin is Arsenal’s only viable option in defensive midfield and he’ll probably have to start more than 50 matches.

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