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Arsene Wenger has implied he will not bolster Arsenal's attacking line during the current mercato due to a shortage of options. He added that the Gunners are "lucky" to have a variety of options upfront, with players like Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck all in the attacking mix.
The Gunners were heavily linked with the likes of Karim Benzema, Edinson Cavani and Jackson Martinez during the summer, amid questions over whether Giroud had what it takes to play upfront for a team challenging for the Premier League title. Wenger then opened the door to a new striker if an opportunity presented itself, but eventually backed out as he felt there were no improvements available for purchase.
Despite the good form of Walcott and Giroud in the opening part of the season, reports have linked the club with the likes of Borussia Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Celta Vigo forward Nolito.
Wenger, however, played down the possibility of signing another forward hast week, claiming he would not find a better option in the market than Welbeck, with the former Manchester United hitman expected to return to action within the month.
Now the French gaffer has dropped a new hint in the same vein, claiming that he has the position very well covered, while pointing out that every season there are less and less strikers around Europe.
"You notice it first of all when you are on the transfer market! We are quite lucky though because we have Giroud, Walcott, Welbeck and Sanchez, but when you look around on the transfer market you see that it's a rarity," the boss said during an interview with the club's official website.
"When I arrived in England you could see in every club a forward who could head the ball, who was dangerous on the crosses and who was highly committed physically. But when you look around now, you see that less. It makes you think 'what's going on there?' Then when you look to Europe and see who scores most of the goals, you realise a lot of them are South American."
"So it started coming into my mind, and I must say it's become a debate lately. I have raised it a few times, and people accept it. It raises the question 'what can we change in the education?'"
The manager has recently welcomed the return of Thierry Henry to North London as an academy coach, with the club legend expectied to help to the development of new talents.
"Well Thierry Henry is currently coaching the youth players.... Yes, of course Thierry can help to develop the young boys when he is with them, but I believe it's not only the strikers who can coach that," Wenger added.
"Strikers have the little tricks, but for the overall education you need coaches who can develop that."