Arsenal need 'real striker', says Wenger confidante

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The man earmarked by Arsene Wenger to be his successor at the Emirates Stadium - Dragan Stojkovic - believes Arsenal need to add a 'real striker' to their ranks.

Stojkovic played under Wenger at Nagoya Grampus in the mid-90s and has maintained a good relationship with the Frenchman ever since.

Regarded as one of the finest players ever to represent Yugoslavia - and then Serbia - Stojkovic has since taken the managerial reigns and Grampus and is in regular contact with the Arsenal boss.

”I would love Stojkovic to be my successor [at Arsenal], there are a hundred reasons for that," Wenger said about his former charge earlier this year.

“Our ideas are the same and we both strive for perfect football. I knew he was going to have teams playing attacking football with many passes."


Stojkovic, 46, has since revealed that he has previously told Wenger that he needed to address his goalkeeping issues - with Wojciech Szczęsny now established as Arsenal No.1 - and thinks a striker should be next on the agenda.

“He also needs a real striker, who is expensive of course. [Robin] Van Persie is not a real striker, [Andrey] Arshavin is not a real striker," Stojkovic told The Blizzard.

"[Emmanuel] Adebayor was a real striker but they decided to sell him for a lot of money. Arsenal get a lot of benefits from his coaching from a financial point of view.”

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