Arsene Wenger: Arsenal will sign striker if right player is available

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

The Gunners have been linked with a number of forwards over the duration of the transfer window.

Arsenal manager Arsene WengerArsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger says he will only sign a new striker for Arsenal if the right player is available, according to a report in the Daily Star.

The Gunners boss is under increasing pressure to bring in new players, having made just two signings so far this summer in Granit Xhaka and Rob Holding.

Fan demands for a new striker have been growing louder, with senior forward Olivier Giroud still recuperating from Euro 2016, and Alexis Sanchez started up front for Arsenal in their 4-3 Premier League opening-day defeat to Liverpool.

Giroud's absence has made the North London giants' attacking options very thin, with Sanchez, Theo Walcott, Yaya Sanogo and Chuba Akpom the club's only other recognised strikers.

Arsenal's Alexis SanchezArsenal's Alexis Sanchez

Arsenal have also been linked to Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette, but the French club's £60m valuation of their player is not likely to be met by their English counterparts.

Wenger revealed that, while content with the options available to him, the club will only bring in a new striker if the best opportunity presented itself.

Wenger said, via the Star: "We have a few strikers who have a chance, if we find the right players we buy. But if you ask people 'give me names', you see that it is not that easy - look at a club like Real Madrid, who have they bought? Up front, it is very difficult.

Arsenal's Olivier GiroudArsenal's Olivier Giroud

"It is an important season for Theo, because last year he had a difficult period. He can play as a striker and his numbers are excellent when he plays up front. We have Giroud, Alexis, Walcott, Akpom and Sanogo who is still here but is injured at the moment - the players we buy have to be better.

"Alexis and Walcott have pace, our game is linked with the speed of passing and the speed of movement and you need two."

While Wenger appears to be happy with the forwards he has, it is no question that it is an area where Arsenal are lacking.

However, with Giroud's return imminent, it is likely that Wenger will stick with his guns until his top striker makes his way back to the pitch.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger as fans protest with signsArsenal manager Arsene Wenger as fans protest with signs

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