Hartson explains why Arsenal were right not to buy a striker

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Arsenal made just one signing during the summer transfer window.

John Hartson has told talkSPORT that Arsenal were right not to bring in another striker during the summer transfer window despite the ongoing calls from supporters.

The Gunners made just one permanent signing in the summer in Petr Cech, although pundits and supporters alike made it perfectly clear that the club were still short in midfield and upfront.

Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema was heavily linked, and the club’s decision not to make a public bid for the Frenchman riled pundit Paul Merson, who claimed on Sky Sports that Arsenal fans were being cheated.

Hartson, however, believes that manager Arsene Wenger made the right decision in not adding to his options upfront.

"Why would he just add numbers to give himself a problem and put players on the bench and pay them astronomical wages?," he told talkSPORT.

“I totally understand why Wenger has not bought. If you’re going to get into his team, you’ve got to improve it and you’ve got to be better than what he’s got.

“He’s not going to buy players just to add the group. You’ve got to bring in players that are going to enhance the team.”

Buying for the sake of buying

While Arsenal don’t have a genuine like-for-like replacement for striker Olivier Giroud, they do have the likes of Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez who can play as the lone striker.

If Benzema wasn’t ever a realistic option, then Wenger could be forgiven in thinking that there is nobody else out there available who is better than what Arsenal currently have.

However, it is surely no coincidence that the Gunners continue to fall behind in their bid to win a title, and their lack of prolificacy in front of goal so far this season hasn’t helped their cause.

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