Jack Wilshere: Why Arsenal don’t need to sign a striker
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere defends Arsene Wenger after the manager didn't sign a striker in the summer
Jack Wilshere has backed Arsene Wenger’s decision not to sign a striker in the summer transfer window.
The Gunners were heavily linked with a move for a proven centre-forward during the summer amid reports Arsene Wenger was lining up a £47m offer for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.
People were talking about a striker but we have two strikers who are completely different
Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani and Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain were also touted as targets for the FA Cup holders as Wenger sought to bolster his attacking options.
However, the Arsenal manager didn’t add any outfield players to his squad much to the frustration of some former players and Gunners supporters.
But Arsenal playmaker Wilshere believes Wenger has enough versatile options in his squad with Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott both offering the north London side something different up front.
“People were talking about a striker [in the summer] but we have two strikers who are completely different,” Wilshere told Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday.
“If we’re playing against a team with a high line, we’ve got Theo who can run in and behind. If we need a player to hold it up, we’ve got Giroud.
“Giroud came on against Bayern and he made a real difference. We always know we’re going to create chances.”
Arsenal are top of the Premier League table after a 2-1 victory over Everton at The Emirates on Saturday evening.
The Gunners have won their last four games in all competitions after victories over Manchester United, Watford, Bayern Munich and Everton.