Arsenal transfer activity surprising - Graham

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Arsenal may have smashed their transfer record with the acquisition of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid on the final day of the window, but former manager George Graham believes the club should have recruited more players.

The north London club endured extreme criticism for their failings over the summer months, before the £42 million signing of Ozil on deadline day allayed fears that Arsene Wenger was reluctant to spend.

Ozil reinforces the club's creative options, but Wenger had identified the signing of a proven goalscorer as a transfer window priority, and the Gunners failed to land a number of key targets for that role.

Gonzalo Higuian had appeared set to sign for Arsenal but eventually left Real Madrid for Napoli, while the club's pursuit of Liverpool star Luis Suarez was well-documented and, ultimately, fruitless.

After failing to clinch the signature of either of these two players Arsenal were unable to acquire a striker before the transfer deadline, and Graham is surprised the club did not sign a forward, given their vast cash reserves.

"I’m surprised Arsenal didn’t get a couple more players in, especially a top-class striker with the money they supposedly had to spend in the summer," the former Gunners boss said, he told talkSPORT.

"They needed a centre-forward. If you are going to win it [the title] you need a centre-forward that is going to get you 20 league goals, not 20 cup goals."

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