'I haven't really thought about it' - Arsene Wenger's bemusing striker admission

Arsene Wenger Looks On

Arsene Wenger says he hasn't really thought about a replacement for injured Olivier Giroud.

It's the question on the minds of every Arsenal fan, but their manager apparently is not concerned.

What happens if anything happens to Olivier Giroud?

The French striker has been in sensational form, following up a freescoring pre-season by bagging five goals in his opening six matches of the season.

The Gunners made several attempts to sign a new striker in the summer, whether to replace, compliment or support Giroud - but ended up striking out and adding just 20-year-old Ligue 2 prospect Yaya Sanogo.

It has led to rumours of a potential recall for Nicklas Bendtner, who Wenger has refused to rule out bringing back into the squad.

Giroud picked up a minor knee injury in the 3-1 win away to Sunderland, but has offered assurances to Arsenal fans he expects to be fit for the midweek Champions League opener against Marseille.

Arsene Wenger was quizzed on the possibility of a replacement by Arsenal.com ahead of the game, and bemusingly stated he had not really thought about it.

"I have not really thought about it that much but the obvious solution is Walcott. We’ll see."

Now Wenger is either just a very cool customer, or he is extremely confident Giroud will be fit; because it ought to be the sort of worry which should be keeping him awake at night given their present lack of depth in the position.

Theo Walcott had his moments up front last season - although is yet to really convince in the position, and with Oxlade-Chamberlain out injured if he moves into the middle the obvious question of who plays on the right emerges.

On Giroud's fitness the manager officially at least remained cagey: "He will have a test tomorrow (Tuesday) and hopefully he will be fit. But it will only be decided tomorrow."

With Wenger's failure to sign a striker this summer still a big question mark over his business, despite the excellent addition of Ozil, his comments reflect a lack of urgency which might just reveal why the club did not end up adding a new frontman during the window.

What do you think of Wenger's comments? 

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