Arsenal legend blasts lack of signings

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Ray Parlour has revealed his disappointment at Arsenal's inability to purchase a striker during this summer's transfer window, reports.

The former Gunner hailed the arrival of record signing Mesut Ozil as a masterstroke by Wenger, but believes that the apparent need for a new forward should have been the primary concern at the Emirates.

Arsenal managed to complete a shock transfer for German playmaker Ozil for a figure around £42million, but as far as clinical finishers were concerned, they were left wanting.

Parlour, who amassed a total of 339 appearances for the Gunners, is unsure that his former club have the firepower to challenger on all fronts. He said: “It is going to be exciting now with Jack Wilshere, [Santi] Cazorla, [Theo] Walcott, [Lukas] Podolski, when is he fit, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ozil now.

“The only problem I’m worried about is the forward line. Giroud was excellent at the weekend. I thought he played ever so well against Tottenham. He got the goal, really held the ball up well and he was a battering ram at times, but can he stay fit?

“If he does get a niggle or get injured, then the next player that can play up there really is Walcott. Podolski is out for ten weeks. That’s the only position [I was worried about].

“If he [Giroud] does get injured, they are going to be a little bit light up top. That was one where I thought, they got in Ozil, fantastic, but could they get a striker in as well?”

Arsene Wenger tried early on in the transfer window to bring a new striker in, with the likes of Luis Suarez, Wayne Rooney and Christian Benteke all linked with moves to the Emirates. However the only forward that penned a deal with the north-London club was French youngster Yaya Sanogo.

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