Wenger names five players who persuaded him not sign world-class Arsenal striker in January

By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes

Arsene Wenger has reiterated his confidence that he has enough firepower at his disposal in the title run-in – due to five players in his squad.

The Arsenal manager has been criticised for failing to land a new striker in the last two transfer windows, which has been highlighted again following Tuesday’s goal-less draw against Southampton.

It was the third consecutive Premier League match in which the Gunners had failed to score, following the 1-0 defeat to Chelsea and the goal-less draw at Stoke.

The Frenchman bemoaned the lack of top strikers available, and claimed he had confidence in the goalscoring options in his current squad.

“If you knew a world-class striker who could have strengthened our team, you should have told me before the transfer deadline was over,” Wenger said in the wake of the Southampton stalemate. “They do not walk in the street and say ‘please, here is a world-class striker, can you take me?’

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“They are all at big clubs and are under contract. There were none available.”

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Wenger named senior striker Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck, who is on the comeback trail after 10 months out with injury, as well as attacking midfielders Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, as five players he can rely on for goals.

“We have Walcott, we have Giroud, we have Ozil, we have Alexis, we have Welbeck, who is coming back,” added the manager. “If tonight we think a miracle man could have scored the goal for us… I think it’s better we think how can we score the goals with the players we have. We can score goals, we have shown that before.”