Arsene Wenger says Theo Walcott’s return to fitness will alleviate the need to buy a striker in January.
The Gunners have been forced to rely heavily on the goals of Olivier Giroud so far this season, with both Walcott and Lukas Podolski sidelined with long-term injuries, although the former could make his first appearance since mid-September today against Southampton.
But despite reports linking Wenger with another big-money move in the transfer market when the window reopens at the turn of the year, the Frenchman says Arsenal can continue their title charge without getting out the chequebook.
‘Theo gives us qualities that other players haven’t got. It’s a different option. Theo also gives us an opportunity to be a mobile striker. If we lose Giroud today we have nobody with body weight up front,’ said Wenger.
‘I think we can win the title without signing a striker. Podolski is not back but he shouldn’t be too far now. They make it less critical to sign a striker.
‘Look I am not against it [January signing]. I don’t say I never make a mistake – I certainly made some. Sometimes it is because we didn’t sign the right player.