Arsene Wenger gave his regular pre-match conference, and was unconvincing when talking about a possible striker arriving this summer.
In January, the Arsenal manager said he would not sign another striker to his squad because there was no players ‘better’ than the returning Welbeck available. The England international has now been ruled out for another nine months, further enhancing the need to bring in another option up front.
Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott have both failed to impress in the last six months, and fans had been calling for a top striker prior to the forward’s confirmed absence, and now failure to bring in another striker could provoke even more unrest amongst fans.
Despite the concern over the available options, Wenger was coy on the possibility of a new arrival to cover for the England international, citing he will ‘try’ to bolster the position.
“we will try”, He said. “When you buy you want to buy top strikers, [You do it] by finding the right person. We have targets, and hopefully we can do that.”
Both Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott have also been linked with the exit door, but the duo surely cant both be sold following the loss of Welbeck, and I can envisage us being stuck with both of them beyond the summer.
I remain a fan of Giroud despite his lack of consistency this term, and I know many of you will disagree that he still has a big role to play for us. Walcott’s Arsenal career appears to have played its course, and with any luck, we will find two forwards to bring in for the former Southampton youth product, as well as covering for the loss of Welbz.
Could Wenger really go all summer without bringing in a new goalscorer? Will we end up stuck with Theo because of the absence of Welbz?