Arsenal transfers: Wenger confirms plans to bolster strike-force
Arsenal transfers: Gunners boss Arsène Wenger admits that his side are "short number-wise" in the attacking department
Arsène Wenger has confirmed that Arsenal are out to bolster their attacking options ahead of the new season – but insists Olivier Giroud is still very much a part of his plans.
But Wenger is adamant that France international Giroud would still have a part to play, even if the north London club brought in a big-name forward.
“[The transfer rumours are] nothing to do with the quality of Olivier Giroud,” Wenger told Arsenal Player. “It’s just number-wise, we are a bit short.
“As you said, we score goals – that is the result of our good team play, of our creativity and our pace in the game. We have a lot of pacey players and that creates a lot of danger.”
Arsenal had a bid in the region of £30m rejected by Liverpool for controversial striker Suárez this month, with the latest reports claiming that the Gunners are prepared to up their offer to £40m.
But Giroud insists he would not be fazed by the potential arrival of the Uruguay international.
“I could have a good relationship with Suárez on the pitch,” Giroud told L’Equipe. “So I am for Suárez’s arrival. I’m not afraid of competition.
“On a personal level, my goal is to do better than last season, so put more than 17 goals and 10 assists.”◀ The Sport Review homepageNext story ►
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