Arsene Wenger suggests he’s found his new world class striker

By on August 20, 2016

Arsene Wenger has suggested that his search for a world class striker is over after saying that Alexis Sanchez is capable of being Arsenal’s Luis Suarez or Sergio Aguero.

The fans have been crying out for the boss to invest money in a new striker since Robin van Persie left and after years of disappointment, it seemed like this was finally the summer we’d sign a top class hitman.

We’ve been linked with the likes of Alvaro Morata, Gonzalo Higuain, Jamie Vardy, Mauro Icardi and more recently Alexandre Lacazette this summer but Arsenal have struggled to get a deal over the line.

And here we are, with less than two weeks left of the summer window, still no striker has been signed and predictably Wenger is now talking-up our ‘internal solutions’.

The Frenchman has said that he’ll buy if he finds the right player but says they have to be better than what we already have at the club after inexplicably naming Yaya Sanogo as one of his current options up front.

Wenger is quoted as saying by the Mirror:

“I believe a club like ours is focused on giving chances to the players we develop in our own club. We have a few strikers who have a chance, but if we find the right players we buy.

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

“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 Sanogo who is still here but is injured at the moment – the players we buy have to be better.”

So Wenger is seriously suggesting he and his scouts can’t find a striker better than Sanogo?! If that’s honestly the case, he should walk right now. Thankfully I don’t think Arsene is mad enough to believe there are no strikers available better than Yaya, but sadly he’s just not willing to pay the money needed to buy them.

And the boss has now dropped a huge hint that he’s ready to end his search for a new striker altogether after saying that he believes Sanchez has all the attributes needed to be a success up front.

Arsene says that Alexis could be a viable long-term option up front as he has the ability to run behind the defence and he compared our Chilean super-star to Luis Suarez and Sergio Aguero.

The boss continued to the Mirror:

“He is, technically, top (like Aguero). He has similar qualities (to Suarez). And he has a good timing to run behind the defenders.

“I think yes (it could be a long term option). I think it is worth a try as he has the quality to go behind. He has played centre-forward at Barcelona.

“On the flanks he uses a lot of energy by chasing back and I would like to use his energy sometimes a bit more efficiently by going behind the defenders as he is a good finisher.”

I’m not adverse to using Sanchez through the middle at all BUT that would mean we have to buy another wide attacker. There’s no point weakening our attack by putting Sanchez up front if we don’t replace him.

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As I reported earlier, we’ve been heavily linked with Julian Draxler today. There is a lack of strikers around so if Wenger wants to convert Alexis to a striker and spend his money on Draxler instead, I’d be more than happy with that.

Unfortunately, I’m just not convinced that’s his plan….



  1. robgunner

    August 20, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    In my honest opinion I think we will sign mustafi and draxler (I personally wanted rodrigues and lacazette) I think if sanchez is honestly our striker then draxler on wing or as wenger said in past he could mould draxler into henry van purse strings type player

    Positive thinking

    Negative thinking I hate the way our tranfer windows are dragged out

    • Me

      August 20, 2016 at 3:15 pm

      I wish it were so robgunner but in all honesty I cannot see anyone coming in…

  2. crispen

    August 20, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    AW lists 5 strikers and you point out the least of them as the one whose quality he says he can not replace….. you are a Genius.
    What would be the point of bringing a player not comparable to our BEST striker. How many of those are available? And at what price? You probably think AW should have paid for Higgy?
    Lets leave the decisions to the Professionals. like AW who happens to be one of the very best.

    • Me

      August 20, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      Yes crispen – you mention leaving it to the professionals like Wenger.
      The same professional that allowed the club to go into the new season with no recognised strikers.
      A professional would not allow the club to fall into such disrepair.
      Wenger passed his best a decade ago – if you are blind to that then and think he can still deliver then you go with it – the rest of us that reside in reality will comment on what we see…

  3. robgunner

    August 20, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Nah didn’t really rate higuain for his price tag

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  5. robgunner

    August 20, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    Not saying I’m a genius just voicing an opinion on a positive outcome of what wenger said about using sanchez long term, I like akpom and giroud just feel we needed new striker and centre back maybe rodrigues for backup or to replace monreal

  6. Wolfgang

    August 20, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Irespective of whether Wenger buys anyone,if he can start winning and winning consistently nobody cares.

    • Me

      August 20, 2016 at 3:23 pm

      But he cannot show consistency can he?
      Have the last ten years been a blur to people?

  7. rellends

    August 20, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    it’s like the last days in hitler’s bunker. day after day the mad dictator comes out with increasingly ludicrous statements and those around him refuse to counter anything he says, knowing that very soon it will all be over. however, it will be too late by then and all will be lost.

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