Arsene Wenger has admitted that Olivier Giroud is unlikely to play for Arsenal again this year,but has ruled out bringing in yet another striker into the fold, as he has many budding centre-forwards already on the books.
“Giroud had surgery today from a broken tibia and while it went well, he will be out for three to four months, competition-wise,” said Wenger after the Bediktas game. “He will be capable of playing again in the Premier League end of December but it may be the beginning of January before he is competitive at the top level.
“You will ask me straight away who we will buy? At the moment, no one. We will look around but we want quality, and we have quality: we have [Yaya] Sanogo, [Lukas] Podolksi, [Joel] Campbell, Theo Walcott is coming back soon, and to find players better than we have will be very difficult now.
“Look, if you want to make anybody happy just buy all these players. But what is important is the performance on the pitch, and the solidarity we have shown tonight. Having said that, if you look at the players on the bench and those injured, we have players you know. You cannot just buy when the player is injured. We are open for any position as long as we feel the player can strengthen the squad. But to buy? I don’t see the purpose of that. If we feel we have a player who can give something to our squad, we’ll do it in any position. We’re open.”
Although Wenger did not mention Sanchez above, he played the Chilean in the centre against Besiktas, and the manager is convinced he can make that position his own. “He had a good game, not only on the technical side but the fighting side,” said Wenger.
“He was mobile, dangerous and has shown as well he has great fighting spirit, qualities that will be very important in the Premier League. He produced the performance we wanted, technically, tactically and mentally. Can he play in that role for three or four months? He can play his whole month at centre-forward. I bought him to play as a striker, not to play only on the flanks.”
So there we have it. Wenger will not buy Falcao, or any other striker. Sanchez will be first choice, and the others will be able to give Alexis a rest in the lesser competitions….