Arsene Wenger has risked incurring the wrath of the Arsenal supporters by insisting that the club will not sign another striker this summer. The veteran French coach believes the club are adequately stocked in attack following the £32 million signing of Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez.
"Up front we don't need any more," Wenger is quoted as saying by the Express. "It's not especially for numbers. We need a goalkeeper for sure and after that it depends on how our midfielders get through without injuries until the start of the season. Maybe at centre-back we'll still bring one in."
Sanchez and Walcott to ease pressure on Giroud
Theo Walcott, a natural right-sided winger by trade, is keen to establish himself as a centre-forward and it appears that Wenger is willing to give the England international more chances to shine in that position over the course of the 2014/15 campaign.
The Arsenal boss confirmed that Sanchez is also capable of playing as the team's most-advanced forward - although, like Walcott, his natural position is as a right winger.
Both players, along with youngster Yaya Sanogo, will be expected to ease the goalscoring burden on Olivier Giroud - the Gunners' first-choice striker - next season. Lukas Podolski may also be used in the striker position next season.
Wenger pulls out of Loic Remy race
Despite reportedly leading the race to sign French striker Loic Remy from Queens Park Rangers this summer, Arsenal - along with north London rivals Tottenham - pulled out last week, allowing Liverpool to secure an £8.5 million deal for the 27-year-old, who scored 14 Premier League goals for loan club Newcastle United last season.
Remy, despite being a different type of forward to Giroud, is a natural striker - unlike Walcott and Sanchez. The French forward would have been a useful option ahead of another gruelling season which will, once again, see Arsenal competing in the Premier League, FA Cup, Capital One Cup and Champions League competitions.
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Arsenal at risk of repeating mistakes?
Giroud, and Arsenal, enjoyed a superb first half of the 2013/14 campaign but lost their way in the second part of the season. Their dip in form was partly because Giroud had run himself into the ground - the France international's off-field problems also proved an issue - and Wenger did not have a good enough back-up in reserve.
Sanogo, who is still just 21, made several appearances for the Gunners, while Wenger had lost faith in the club's much-maligned striker Nicklas Bendtner, who finally left the Emirates Stadium earlier this summer.
Arsenal fans are understandably anxious that Wenger's reluctance to recruit another natural goalscorer will leave the Gunners trailing behind the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City again next season.
But, having pulled off a major coup by recruiting Sanchez, Wenger is confident that Arsenal are now sufficiently equipped in attack to challenge for trophies.
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