Arsene Wenger has stressed that he’s not trying to sign a new striker because Olivier Giroud has failed to cut the mustard, but to bolster his attacking options.
The French international, who has scored five goals in two games against Vietnam and Indonesia, has been repeatedly questioned by Asian media about the prospect of big-name arrivals limiting his chances at the Emirates as speculation about the Gunners summer spending rumbles on.
Speaking on the subject to Arsenal Player, the boss clarified that he’s more than happy with the former Montpellier man.
“[The transfer rumours are] nothing to do with the quality of Olivier Giroud. It’s just number-wise, we are a bit short.”
One player whose Arsenal future does look in doubt is Gervinho. The Ivorian international was left out of the club’s pre-season tour with rumours that Roma, Marseille and Lyon are interested in signing him.
The last of those, managed by ex-Gunner Remi Garde, have now gone on record stating they’ve no interest in the winger meaning he’s still very much on the market.
“This has only come from the press,” Garde told Le Progres (translation by Sky Sports).
“I’ve heard that Lyon is interested in Gervinho, but Gervinho is a striker, and we have young and very good strikers already at the club.”