The search for a new striker to challenge first choice Olivier Giroud has made Arsene Wenger a busy man, with the Arsenal boss putting in a number of calls lately, says a report from the Daily Star.
It is said that Wenger has been in the hunt of a striker to challenge Giroud, as Danny Welbeck’s Arsenal career has been plagued by injuries sinces making the switch from Manchester United.
Arsenal targeted Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy but the England international opted to pen a new deal with the reigning Premier League champions. Gonzalo Higuain, who is also rumoured to make a transfer to Arsenal, also slipped from the Gunners’ grasp as Juventus signed him for around €75m, while there are still indications of a bid to Lyon for Alexandre Lacazette.
With the transfer window just two weeks away from slamming shut, Wenger’s effort to lure a striker to the Emirates is becoming increasingly distraught. The Star cite Tribal Football who claim the Arsenal manager has stepped up his efforts in the past days and has been making a number of calls. Italian football journalist Emanuele Giulianelli also submits that Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann remains a target for Arsenal.
Giroud notched 16 Premier League goals for the Gunners last season but the France international received flaks from Arsenal supporters for his four-month goal drought.
Meanwhile, ex-Arsenal defender Martin Keown is confident the former Montpellier striker will soon have a rival for his position.
“These days you need electric pace, power and goalscoring abilities and Giroud is a different type of striker”, Keown told StarSport.
“I do believe that Wenger will make a signing in that area before the window closes.”