Players put pressure on Wenger to spend big
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has echoed the clubs fans that manager Arsene Wenger needs to invest in the first team before the transfer window shuts next month.
Giroud, who scored Arsenal’s goal in Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa says his manager needs to add to their attacking threat if they are to compete as they did last year and says that a big name would help lift the team to a higher level.
“In my opinion, it’s necessary for the club to recruit another striker. Obviously, I think about it a little bit. It may change the play one day, especially if it’s a high profile signing.
“It’s useless lamenting this though. I know what I have to do and what I’m capable of. I’m focusing on me and my work. The coach is counting on me, so I don’t think too much.”
Wenger and his squad set off for their Champions League qualifier against Fernabache today with Wenger lamenting that he is struggling to recruit his top signings after failing in bids for strikers Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez as well as Bayern Munich midfielder Luis Gustavo.
Giroud is likely to lead the Arsenal attack on his own in Turkey and will continue to do so for much of the season unless Wenger can recruit suitable competition or an option to play alonisde the Frenchman who is entering his second season in the Premier League.
The 26 year old says that despite sharing their frustrations over the weekend’s result the club’s supporters need to get behind the team over the next few games as the players look to earn their place in the Champions League group stages and get back to winning ways in the league after a strong finish to last season.
So frustrated after a good start,” he posted on Instagram . “Too many things [went] against us yesterday.
“However I trust in our qualities and [we] want to keep our heads up for Wednesday. We need you!”
His team mate Lukas Podolski also spoke of his frustration after the loss saying, “Yesterday it was a sad afternoon for AFC. Nevertheless, we need to think positive and win on Wednesday, forget Saturday’s poor performance.”
The Arsenal Supporters Trust yesterday urged the club’s board to delay any talks about extending Wenger’s contract when it ends this season with his recruitment policy and lack of trophies in the last eight years cited as reasons for re-evaluating his role at the club.