Arsene Wenger unconvinced by Arsenal's striker targets

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Arsene Wenger decided against signing a striker in the summer transfer window after being left unconvinced by the options available to Arsenal.

The Gunners boss has urged fans to forget about the club's failure to secure a senior outfield player and start getting behind the current crop of players.

Many pundits still consider Arsenal strong enough to compete for the Premier League title, but those that follow the club have been openly critical of Wenger's all-too familiar lack of spending.


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According to The Telegraph, Arsenal enquired about the availability of PSG's Edinson Cavani and Real Madrid star Karim Benzema. Speculation surrounding the latter reached such intense levels that his arrival in north London was beginning to be seen as an inevitability.

It was an impressive list of targets, but neither of the European juggernauts believed they were in a position where they had to sell; likely aided by Uefa's decision to soften their financial fair play regulations.

Call for solidarity

Having reviewed his options, the Frenchman decided to end his spending at Petr Cech and began his usual task of absorbing criticism from Arsenal's restless fans.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's game against Stoke City, he explained in detail why he did not sign a striker and said Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck can sustain a title challenge between them.

"It is not always expecting someone coming down from heaven to sort out all your problems"

“These players have experience, they are 25, 26 years old and they know the job,” said Wenger.

“They know what to do, they are ambitious, they have the quality. I think, as well, to support the club and support the team, is to stand behind the players.

"It is not always expecting someone coming down from heaven to sort out all your problems. Support is believing in the players in the squad. This is a good opportunity to do that for our supporters.

“I have made more than 300 transfers and every time it’s a decision: Do you buy the player because he strengthens his squad or not?

“The solutions we had were not convincing at all. In the end you do not buy to give one hope, you want to buy because the players who come in can help your squad to be stronger. You have to find an efficient solution.”

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