Wenger: We don't need a striker, we have Sanogo

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Arsene Wenger is hoping Yaya Sanogo can be the answer to striking issues.

The 'what happens if Giroud gets injured?' comments must be wearing more than a little thin by now with Arsenal fans, but it doesn't stop the Match of the Day pundits and the like uttering them each week.

Arsenal have been frequently linked with signing strikers, Alvaro Morata the name most recently linked in on loan.

However Arsene Wenger is not duly concerned, denying the Spaniard is incoming, and has signalled he will place his faith in a young striker brought to the club in January.

Asked about new additions, he said: "I am not concerned about that. We have at the moment Yaya Sanogo who is a striker we brought in during the summer, who is coming back from injury in January. Hopefully he will help us in the second part of the season."

Sanogo signed for Arsenal from Auxerre, with a prolific goalscoring record to his name, but also a woeful injury record.

At this point the Gunners are yet to see him score a single goal for the club, because it is his injury-prone nature they have seen so far.

A back strain cost him a Capital One Cup chance, offering Nicklas Bendtner a way back into the team, and Sanogo has been out ever since.

It would definitely be a gamble for Arsenal to rely on Sanogo as back-up, because of this. His injury was nor supposed to keep him out for this long, so there is no guarantee there will not be further setbacks.

Far more significant are the returns of Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski to bolster the club's firepower.

If Sanogo can chip with goals, then it would certainly be valuable, but Arsenal surely can't feel they can count on a player who has played just 41 minutes for them over the first half of the season.

image: © Julien Haler

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