Arsene Wenger believes there is a lack of centre forwards available in the market

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes there is a shortage of world class number nines in football.

The Gunners' boss has been linked with a move for a striker this summer, with Real Madrid star Karim Benzema a name regularly mentioned alongside the club throughout the current transfer window.

'There's a shortage'

Irrespective of whether Arsenal do make a move for the Frenchman, there is little doubt in the mind of Wenger as to why it's so difficult to sign a top quality striker - because there aren't that many of them floating around.


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"There’s a shortage (of top quality No.9s) in the world. It confirms what I just said, that there’s a difference between financial power nowadays and the availability of top-class players," he said, according to the official Arsenal website.

Arsenal have shown in recent summers that they have the money available to make a significant splash in the transfer market, signing Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid and Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona in consecutive off-seasons.

Cech & Reine-Adelaide

It's been much quieter at the Emirates Stadium this time around, with goalkeeper Petr Cech the only significant addition from Chelsea. Jeff Reine-Adelaide was also one of a number of youth players to arrive in north London, but after impressing during pre-season could be involved with the senior squad on a regular basis this season.

With supporters at the Emirates Stadium becoming accustomed to a marquee signing, there is still hope that Wenger can produce a transfer coup in the final week of the window. However, his latest press conference comments suggest it might not happen this time around.

There is certainly little chance of any business taking place before the Gunners' next match, against Liverpool at the Emirates on Monday night.

Arsenal fans, are you expecting Wenger to sign a forward before the window ends? Where will you finish if it does not happen? Have your say below!

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