Arsene Wenger has insisted that signing a new striker is not a certainty as the transfer window edges closer to deadline day.
The vastly experienced Arsenal boss is in search of a centre-back to fill the void left by injuries to Per Mertesacker and Gabriel, but many have urged him to sign a goalscorer as well with Danny Welbeck sidelined.
When asked ahead of the Leicester City game about the possibility of bringing in a new striker, Wenger revealed he would not mind keeping faith in the current options in his squad.
“We have a few strikers who have a chance, if we find the right players we buy.” he said “It is not that easy – look at a club like Real Madrid, who have they bought? Up front, it is very difficult”
Asked if Chuba Akpom was in his plans, the Frenchman added: “Theo as well, it is an important season for Theo, because last year he had a difficult period.
“He can play as a striker and his numbers are excellent when he plays up front, we have Giroud, Sanchez, Walcott, Akpom and (Yaya) Sanogo who is still here but is injured at the moment – the players we buy have to be better.”
After the 0-0 draw with Claudio Ranieri’s men, Wenger added that his main striker would need a couple of games to redeem his form.
“Giroud does not look completely ready physically but that should improve every week now.” he said.
Wenger has bought midfield man Granit Xhaka from Borussia Moenchengladbach for £35m this summer as well as £2m on 20-year-old Rob Holding, who was excellent against Leicester.
Arsenal are hoping to do a £25m deal for Valencia central defender Shkodran Mustafi before the transfer deadline.