The Gunners only made one addition to their first-team squad this summer in goalkeeper Petr Cech and were the only side in European football’s top five leagues not to sign an outfield player. But Wenger insisted despite looking hard, there were no players who were an appropriate fit.
“In the end the solutions were not what we wanted,” said the Frenchman. “We looked but you have to find an efficient solution. I am confident that we have enough quality and cover. The good news about the window shutting is that we can now focus on the football.”
One area of the squad that many Arsenal supporters are concerned about is at the point of the attack. An injury to Danny Welbeck has left Olivier Giroud as the club’s only fit striker going into a critical spell of matches and questions remain over whether or not he’s good enough to lead the line for a team hopeful of challenging for the title.
But Wenger is confident that his squad can cope: “Look at what happened on the transfer market and it tells you there is a shortage out there. The solutions we had were not convincing at all. We have Sanchez, Giroud and Walcott. We have quality and can score goals.”
Goals haven’t flowed yet for the Gunners, with just three to show for in their opening four games. Much of that is down to the stuttering start made to the season by Giroud, and the French international has had a torrid time of things during international break too, being booed by his own supporters.
The forward missed a host of chances during his side’s 2-1 win over Serbia in midweek, including this chance, per 101 Great Goals:
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) September 7, 2015
Needless to say, Wenger has backed his man emphatically. “He has my full support,” said the Arsenal manager. “It’s difficult for any player after they miss chances.”
Wenger always seems to cut a frustrated figure during the early weeks of the season with the transfer window still open. But now he can focus on his team, it’s time for Wenger to prove he was right to stick by his current playing squad and trust they’ll be better placed to launch a title challenge this season.