Arsenal must sign a striker - Giroud

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Olivier Giroud has hit out at Arsenal's lack of summer signings - and has called on boss Arsene Wenger to spend before it's too late.

The Gunners frontman, who was on target in Arsenal's 3-1 opening day defeat at the hands of Aston Villa, has conceded that he is as frustrated as the club's fans over the lack of new arrivals, and called on the club to act to help avoid a disastrous start to the new season.

Arsenal flew out to Turkey yesterday, where they are to face Fenerbahce in an all-important Champions League qualifier. If they lose out to the Turkish giants - which isn't inconceivable given the injury crisis at the Emirates - then all of Arsenal's hard work from last season will be undone, despite the fact the new campaign is little under a week old.

In an interview with the Daily Mirror, Giroud has intimated that the players are beginning to feel the pressure already, and have been left "bemused, unhappy and questioning whether Wenger really wants to make big signings", according to journalist John Cross.

Arsenal's summer transfer dealings have become somewhat farcical, having seen moves for Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez fail to come to fruition for whatever reason, whilst they also lost out in the race for Luiz Gustavo - the Brazilian opted to sign for Wolfsburg instead.

And Giroud has spoken out about the club's failure to attract a big-name signing as the fans so desperately crave.

Giroud said: "In my opinion, it's necessary for the club to recruit another striker. Obviously, I think about it a little bit.

"It may change the play one day, especially if it's a high-profile signing.

"It's useless lamenting this though. I know what I have to do and what I'm capable of. I'm focusing on me and my work. The coach is counting on me, so I don't think too much."

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