Wenger bemoans shortage of strikers

The manager says he will not buy players for the sake of it for as Arsenal’s hopes of completing a summer-long pursuit of Karim Benzema start to fade

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has bemoaned the shortage of world-class strikers and says he would rather work on the players at his disposal.

The Gunners have been keen on a move for Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema all summer but Goal understands hopes are fading over a proposed £45 million move for the Frenchman.

And Wenger says he will not be pressured into making signings for the sake of it, especially if the available options do not improve upon his current squad.

He told reporters: “There is a shortage in the world [of strikers] and there is a difference between financial power and the availability of top-class players.

“When players are not free you cannot buy because it is the club who owns the contract that decides. Today in Europe you have maybe 15 clubs with huge financial resources and they don’t need money at all.

“It hasn’t been a frustrating window for me because I’m always more focused on developing the team and the players we have inside the club. I’m not against buying when it is really a plus for the team.

“If it is just buying players at the level of the players you have I am not ready for that. But in every position we have strong players.”