Wenger has 6 reasons for not buying a striker

With Arsenal players such as Olivier Giroud (centre) rampant against Lyon, manager Arsene Wenger says he has enough firepower to launch a title assault.
With Arsenal players such as Olivier Giroud (centre) rampant against Lyon, manager Arsene Wenger says he has enough firepower to launch a title assault.PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

LONDON • Arsene Wenger pointed to Arsenal's 6-0 thrashing of Lyon in the Emirates Cup as proof that there is no desperate need to splash out on new signings.

His side made a swaggering start to the pre-season tournament at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, thanks to goals from Olivier Giroud, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alex Iwobi, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Oezil and Santi Cazorla.

The goal spree further strengthened Wenger's belief that the squad, who had won the FA Cup and finished third in the Premier League last term, are already strong enough for a title challenge this season.

While rivals Manchester City and Manchester United have splashed out on big-money signings since the end of last season, Wenger has brought in only Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech.

The club have been linked with Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema and Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette in recent weeks.

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We are open-minded but we are not desperate... at the moment, our squad is well balanced, quality-wise and numbers-wise.

ARSENE WENGER on not rushing into the transfer market

But Wenger made it clear he would only be tempted into the transfer market for the right player at the right price.

"We are open-minded but we are not desperate. Today, we didn't have (Danny) Welbeck or (Alexis) Sanchez, who are big players.

"(Jack) Wilshere didn't play as well. So we will have a good squad when everyone is back," said the Arsenal manager. "At the moment, our squad is well balanced, quality-wise and numbers-wise.

"When you win the FA Cup final scoring four goals and score six today, it shows scoring goals is not our problem."

Arsenal's challenge last season was derailed by a slow start that Wenger attributes to a post-World Cup hangover suffered by several of his players.

But, with no international distractions this year, the Frenchman hopes the ruthless manner in which his side beat Lyon is a sign they can keep pace with champions Chelsea from the start.

"I think we have more cohesion than we had last season and everyone has better focus," Wenger said. "Last season, after the World Cup, some players came back mentally exhausted. Hopefully, we can take advantage this season."

Asked if he felt this was a golden opportunity for Arsenal to win the English title for the first time since 2004, Wenger struck a more conservative tone.

"Let's be cautious on that front," he said. "We will put all our effort in but we know it will be very difficult because the other teams will challenge as well."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 27, 2015, with the headline 'Wenger has 6 reasons for not buying a striker'. Print Edition | Subscribe