Arsene Wenger believes Alexis Sanchez can replace the injured Olivier Giroud…
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Arsene Wenger has reiterated that Arsenal are not chasing the signing of a new striker to replace the injured Olivier Giroud.
The Gunners boss, speaking after his team’s 1-0 Champions League victory over Besiktas, insisted that goalscorer Alexis Sanchez is capable of leading the line in the Frenchman’s absence.
Wenger, who is quoted by the Daily Mail, said of the Chilean: “I bought him to play as a striker, not to only play on the flanks. He had a good game [tonight], not only on the technical side but on the fighting side.
“He was mobile and dangerous and showed he has great fighting spirit – qualities which will be important in the Premier League.”
As well as Sanchez, Wenger also has Yaya Sanago, Joel Campbell and Lukas Podolski at his disposal, while Theo Walcott is another option in attack although he is also currently injured.
Wenger denied any interest in Nikola Zigic or Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck and insisted he would not panic buy following the set-back with Grioud.
“You will ask me straight away who we will buy. I give you the answer – at the moment, no-one,” he said. “If you want to make everyone happy you buy all of these players but what is important is the performance on the football pitch. If you look at the players we had on the bench and those out injured, we have players. You cannot buy every time a player is injured.
“We are open for any position as long as we feel the player can strengthen the squad. Buy to buy? I don’t see the purpose of that.”