Alex Iwobi, Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla were all on the scoresheet for Wenger’s side, as Arsenal kicked off the Emirates Cup in style on Saturday afternoon.
And manager Arsene Wenger believes that their 6-0 thrashing of Ligue 1 heavyweights Olympique Lyonnais proves that there is no dire need for a new striker to be signed this summer.
Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema and Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette have been heavily linked with a move to north London; however, Wenger is confident that he doesn’t need to enter the market for a centre-forward:
“When you score six goals, I consider you don’t have a desperate need. We are open-minded but we are not in a desperate need because we did not have available today [Danny] Welbeck or [Alexis] Sanchez, who are big players on that front,” as quoted by the Daily Mail.
“The questions I get in the press are “how do you keep everyone happy?” On the other hand one minute later everybody asks me: ‘Why don’t you buy more players?’
“If I can’t keep the ones I have already happy, why should I buy more? We have the quality, I think at the moment our squad is well-balanced quality wise and number wise.
“We are open-minded but everybody is on the market and many clubs have big, big money.”
Arsenal director Lord Harris sensationally made it public that Wenger has a transfer kitty of £200m ahead of the 2015-16 season, which certainly suggests that the French manager could yet surprise supporters with late blockbuster arrivals – as he has done with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez over the past two seasons.
However, in typical fashion, the 65-year-old looks set to keep supporters guessing on any possible new additions.