The Arsenal manager was asked on Friday morning whether or not he intended to buy a striker in the summer and, furthermore, whether he is considering splashing some cash on one in January.
The manager responded with a beaming smile that he hopes the press and media continue to suggest the club’s potential move for a centre-forward in January and urged them to ‘keep talking’. His reasoning was that all the talk is making Olivier Giroud ‘work unbelievably hard.’
Presently, the 27-year-old Frenchman is the boss’ only recognized centre-forward, other than the recently returned Nicklas Bendtner and the currently injured young prospect Yaya Sanogo who signed on a free transfer this summer.
Giroud has scored 6 goals in his last 10 appearances for the Gunners, averaging a goal every 130 minutes in the Premier League alone. The striker who signed last summer for the North Londoners, who currently sit two points clear at the top of the league table, touched on the possibility of another striker coming in this summer.
He was adamant that he would relish the competition for his place and hoped to continue to improve and impress the manager and the fans, which, so far he has done admirably, despite the lack of competition.
The boss neither confirmed nor denied his possible intention to bring in a striker in January but it is clear that he was indeed hopeful of signing Gonzalo Higuain, Luis Suarez, and, on deadline day, Demba Ba this summer. All the signs would point to the Gunners acquiring some extra firepower in January.
But, crucially, after breaking the club’s record transfer fee to bring in midfielder Mesut Ozil, I wonder whether the French boss will tighten his purse strings once again after such an extravagant summer.
Either way, it’s clear that Giroud is under no illusions and is prepared to keep his form and focus up until if and when any competition for his place arrives which, for Arsene Wenger is a win-win situation and it’s no wonder he hopes the press keep on talking.
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