Michael Owen gives his verdict on Wenger’s summer decision, predicts Stoke result

Michael Owen

Arsenal will take on Stoke City at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday.

Former Manchester United and Liverpool striker Michael Owen has written on Colossusbets.com that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was right not to spend “silly money for a striker”.

Czech Republic international goalkeeper Petr Cech was the only major signing for Arsenal in the summer transfer window.

Gunners manager Wenger was criticised by fans and pundits alike for not bringing in a new striker.

Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and Joel Campbell are the three recognised strikers on the books of Arsenal at the moment.

France international Giroud is the Gunners’ first-choice striker, while Welbeck is injured at the moment and Campbell seems to be merely a squad player.

England international attacker Theo Walcott can also play as a centre-forward, while Chile international Alexis Sanchez has featured in that position in his career before.

Former United and Liverpool player Owen believes that Arsenal could have done with a new striker, but he understands Wenger’s decision not to spend big money in the summer transfer window.

The former Newcastle United and Stoke City striker has also backed the North London outfit to win against Stoke City at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

“I have a lot of time for Giroud but, with Welbeck on the sidelines, there isn’t a great deal of back-up if the Frenchman picks up an injury,” the 35-year-old wrote on Colossusbets.com. “And even with him in the side, the goals have hardly been flowing for the Gunners so far.

“But they have probably done the right thing by not paying silly money for a striker, for all the frustration that conservatism brings for fans, and I think they will have enough to secure three points at home to Stoke.

“It may not be as straightforward as their 3-0 win in this fixture last season, even if their opponents haven’t started the season well, and 1-0 is my main fancy. But I will also include 2-0 and 2-1.”

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