Despite still not looking particularly clinical in front of goal, Arsene Wenger revealed he rejected an offer from Inter to sign Brazilian striker Adriano on loan,
“I was offered Adriano on loan and I said no,” said Wenger.
“We do not need him and it was an easy decision to make because we’re not out there to sign another striker.
“The agreement was for a loan. Adriano has qualities we don’t need. They wanted to give us a player but wanted one back in return.
“I won’t say who it was. I didn’t want to lose the player they requested. I didn’t necessarily think Adriano would upset the balance of the squad.
“I have bought Eduardo Da Silva. I already had Emmanuel Adebayor and Robin van Persie and I brought Nicklas Bendtner back.
“I still have Theo Walcott and Abou Diaby can play through the middle. Why should I bring more forwards in?
“I have big faith in my squad and they’ve proved me right so far this season.”
We’re guessing he’s probably still spooked from the last big, strong Brazilian striker he signed on loan. Julio Baptista flattered to deceive for his entire stay at the Emirates and Adriano has been off form, out of shape and highly inconsistent for fairly long periods these past couple seasons.
Right choice and right reasoning by Arsene?