There are still many Arsenal fans calling for Arsene Wenger to invest in a top striker this summer, despite the brilliant form of Olivier Giroud, and one of the names most mentioned is Porto’s Jackson Martinez, who has been highly praised by Wenger this season. Edison Cavani has also been touted as a possible top-of-the-range arrival at the Emirates.
But going by what Arsene Wenger said yesterday, there is little to no chance that Arsenal would consider investing in them at whatever the price. Wenger was being asked about whether he would continue his policy of bringing in young players to introduce to the team, or invest in highly experienced transfer targets. He replied: “You want to do both,”
“Yes of course it is possible. We signed players like Sanchez and Ozil, 25 and 26, and that is a good age to perform now.
“We have as well players like Bellerin and Chambers who are 20. So we have both. The financial potential should allow you to combine both.
“Look, what’s important is that we give a chance to the young players. We want to maintain that.
“For years you could say to me: “you have no choice you have to play them” – but we want to maintain that. It’s part of the DNA of the club to give a chance to young players.
“When all your main players get close to 30, you can’t buy a 30 year old player. You have to buy a player who is 22 or 23, because if you buy another player of 30 they all [finish their careers] together.”
Strangely enough our main centre-forward, Olivier Giroud, turns 29 early next season, and both Martinez and Cavani will also pass that milestone during the next campaign, so it seems pretty clear to me that Wenger will definitely NOT be bringing either of the in this summer.
But perhaps Paulo Dybala…..