Arsene Wenger may yet enter the transfer market to buy a striker, and has his say on the possibility of signing Karim Benzema from Real Madrid.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says despite struggling to make quality signings in the January transfer window in the past, he could enter the market this season.
“Look I am not against it,” said Wenger to the Guardian when queried on whether he will bring in a striker in the new year.
“I don’t say I never make a mistake – I certainly made some. It is always difficult in the middle of the season.
“If somebody is doing well somewhere the clubs do not necessarily want to sell him. They can wait until the end of the season.
“Most of the time it is because we didn’t find the right player.”
Wenger realises that if Giroud is absent due to either injury or suspension, there is no like-for-like replacement in the Gunners side, given his uncertainty about the mentality of Danish forward Nicklas Bendtner – though the French manager does appear to have belief in the 25 year-old’s ability.
“If we lose Giroud we have nobody with body weight up front apart from Bendtner,” continued Wenger.
“I think he has the level but at the moment he doesn’t get enough games. And as well, in his head, is he here? Has he planned to go?”
Reading between the lines, Wenger may enter the January market for a striker so long as he is able to remove Bendtner from the wage bill.
Finally, despite regularly being linked with a move to Emirates Stadium, Wenger did not seem keen on the idea of buying Karim Benzema from Real Madrid – Giroud’s rival for the striker position in the France national team.
“I don’t think that’s a good idea,” said Wenger.