Wenger will buy new striker in window, says Arsenal legend

Nigel Winterburn

Arsene Wenger will delve into the transfer market to recruit a new striker in the transfer window.

That’s according to former Arsenal defender Nigel Winterburn, who believes up front is the one area in which the Gunners boss will attempt to strengthen in January.

Highbury favourite Winterburn was speaking after Arsenal put in an impressive display to overcome Napoli in the Champions League with a 2-0 victory at the Emirates last night.

He said: “The one area of concern is at centre forward. They’ve only really got Olivier Giroud up there. I know Arsene Wenger could play Podolski or Walcott there if he needed to but I think he may look to bring in a striker, in case Giroud gets injured or suffers a lack of form.”

And Winterburn reserved special praise for the French striker, who netted last night along with Mesut Ozil, who scored the opener, his first goal for the club since his £42.5million move from Real Madrid.

He added: “Giroud has done so well. I was impressed with him last season but he has improved his hold up play, looks sharp in and around the box.

“It seems he has learned from last season that he needs to be strong to hold up the ball, and his link up play as improved, too.

“It’s the best I’ve seen Arsenal play for a long, long time. Their retention of the ball and the pace which they moved the ball around the pitch meant Napoli couldn’t get near them.

“And in the second half it was all about concentration game because the game was effectively dead at half-time. It was a superb performance.”

Arsenal have now won 10 games on the bounce and travel to West Brom on Sunday with the aim of maintaining their recent run of victories.

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