It looks increasingly unlikely that Arsenal will sign a striker before the Liverpool game next Sunday, with Arsene Wenger hinting that potential deals are likely to go to the wire.
That means he’ll have to use what he has against the Mugsmashers next Sunday, and his options appear to be Theo Walcott or Alexis Sanchez.
Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s friendly with Man City, Wenger was asked about who might play up front for the Premier League opener.
“I like Walcott in that position and I like Alexis in that position as well,” he said.
“I might start Alexis on Sunday because Walcott played a large part in Friday’s game (the 8-0 win over Viking). I don’t know how ready Alexis is physically for that intensity.”
Speaking after that Viking game, the Frenchman said the club are still looking for reinforcements up front and at the back, but it sounds like he’s playing something of a waiting game.
“We still look up front, we still look at the back,” he said. “It’s a long period until the end of the transfer market, sometimes things move in the last week.
“You never know when you have an opportunity, so you have to always be on alert, day and night, and when it comes you have to catch it.”
It does sound as if he’s waiting for something to fall into place, whether that’s dependent on a selling club getting a replacement or something else remains to be seen.
Although Olivier Giroud is missing, Wenger could still field a pretty experienced forward trio of Alexis, Walcott and Joel Campbell, with other options like Alex Iwobi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain available to him also.
Are we looking at something like summer 2013, when Mesut Ozil arrived on deadline day? The club have been public about the need for a striker throughout the summer, so if they haven’t done it yet, perhaps there’s some machinations behind the scenes that might bring about the signing everyone is waiting for.
Let’s hope so.