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Wenger talks up Arsenal strikers

Wenger feels there is a lot of upside with his three current strikers

By | 23rd September 2013
Olivier Giroud

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger answered questions about his current strikers, revealing his belief that they are good players that all have the ability to perform well. With Lukas Podolski out until mid to late December, Wenger is left with the in-form Olivier Giroud, 20 year old new signing Yaya Sanogo, and out-of-favor center forward Nicklas Bendtner.

Wenger first discussed the prospect of Giroud, who has scored four goals in five league matches this season, being considered one of the best strikers in Europe, stating that it will take more than the first month of the season to determine where Giroud compares with his peers. Wenger does feel, however, that he has all the qualities to be a consistently terrific center forward.

“He likes that,” Wenger said to Arsenal’s official website. ”He is a positive guy, he has a positive charisma. He has a good physical basic stamina, and guys who have a good stamina recover, and can repeat again.

“Let’s analyze that on a longer period [before we say he is among the best]. I think there is still a lot to come from him. I am convinced that this is an important season for him.”

Wenger went on to discuss Sanogo and Bendtner. Sanogo has only made one appearance so far for the Gunners, coming on as a late substitute in the club’s 1-0 victory over north London rivals Tottenham while Bendtner has not played for the club since 2011 after going on loan to Sunderland and Juventus the previous two seasons.

“We have now strikers who are real strikers,” Wenger said to Arsenal’s official website. “Sanogo is not fit but he has stature as well, we are building him up physically, he has good technical quality. And don’t forget we have Bendtner who is coming back.

“It is a fantastic opportunity for him [Bendtner]. Honestly, he was supposed to go, but he stayed and once he stays you have to consider him as a full player of the squad.

“If he deserves to play in front of Giroud, he plays in front of Giroud. That is as simple as that. He lost his way a little bit, but he is not a bad boy. He is a good guy. He took the easy way a little bit but now he realizes there are some [signals] in your career when players think that is the moment for them. He has got the message.”

With Arsenal in the midst of early season fixture congestion, it is likely that Bendtner or Sanogo will see some playing time in order to give Giroud, who has been a consistent starter for the club this season, a bit of a rest. The Gunners took on Marseille midweek last week in France before playing Stoke City yesterday, and now will face West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday in the Capital One Cup.

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