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Wenger wants more firepower despite Giroud double

Published on Jan 27, 2013 10:20 AM
Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger looks on during their FA Cup fourth round soccer match against Brighton and Hove Albion in Brighton, southern England January 26, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BRIGHTON, United Kingdom (AFP) - Arsene Wenger admits his Arsenal squad is short of firepower despite in-form Olivier Giroud's double in the 3-2 FA Cup fourth round win at Brighton.

Giroud struck twice to see off the combative Championship outfit three days after his double in the 5-1 Premier League defeat of West Ham.

The France striker's performance drew praise from Wenger, but the Gunners manager conceded he still lacks sufficient cover up front, particularly with Gervinho away at the African Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast. "It's good for Giroud's confidence. He's scored four goals this week and he had a few more chances here," Wenger said.

"He gets there. He has a presence in the box, he's dangerous and his physical presence was very important." But asked whether he had sufficient strikers, he added: "Quality-wise no, number-wise, we could be a bit short maybe. Gervinho is not here at the moment. We have (Theo) Walcott, who can play through the middle and then of course Giroud."

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