Arsenal can’t depend on one striker, declares Wenger

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry declared earlier this week that the Gunners would clinch the Premier League if they acquire the services of Frenchman Karim Benzema. However, Wenger said that he cannot rely on Benzema alone to help him win the league title.

Arsenal have been interested in ¬£45m Real Madrid star since the opening week of the summer window, despite Real Madrid’s insistence that he is not for sale. And latest reports suggest that Wenger is very close in his endeavors to snatch the French striker from Spanish giants’ clutches.

Thierry Henry commented earlier this week that¬† Benzema would be the key to unlock the doors of Premier League trophy room, if the Gunners succeed in bringing him to Emirates Stadium. However, 65-year-old Arsenal boss shrugged off Henry’s advice, saying that the Frenchman’s comments suggesting that the Gunners would win the title if they signed Benzema are too simplistic.

“I respect Thierry Henry a lot for his football knowledge but it is not as mathematical as that,” Wenger told reporters.

“We have to develop our collective game and depend less on one guy who comes in and scores all the goals.

“I think Olivier Giroud would not have been far from 20 if he played the whole of last season and Theo Walcott as well.

“I don’t see why a guy like [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain should not have an ambition to score 10 goals, [Alexis] Sanchez can score goals too.

“[Mesut] Ozil has to fix himself a target of at least 10. For a guy who plays behind the striker you want more from him [in terms of] goalscoring, so we can share that.”