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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger jumps to misfiring Yaya Sanogo's defence

Striker has yet to score in 17 appearances for the Gunners, but club boss thinks it won't be a problem for 'very long'

PUBLISHED : Monday, 01 September, 2014, 9:34pm
UPDATED : Monday, 01 September, 2014, 9:35pm

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted Yaya Sanogo's struggles in front of goal are becoming an increasing problem - but said a last-minute transfer swoop was not necessary.

Sanogo, yet to score in any of his 17 competitive outings since his arrival from Auxerre last year following Sunday's 1-1 draw with Leicester, provided little evidence to suggest he is a ready-made replacement for the injured Olivier Giroud.

I don't think that problem will last very long but when you have the chance to play for Arsenal and you don't score it is a problem
Arsene Wenger

"When you are 21 and play up front and don't score it is very quickly a problem," said Wenger.

"I don't think that problem will last very long but when you have the chance to play for Arsenal and you don't score it is a problem.

"He tried very hard. You can say he didn't score, yes. Is it on his mind? Of course.

"He is a striker and scored many goals as a young player."

With the transfer window closing this morning (Hong Kong time), Arsenal fans in Asia were hoping to wake up to news that a big name had come in - English media were linking them with a bid for Monaco's Radamel Falcao.

But Wenger refused to raise hopes of a repeat of last year's significant spending on deadline-day, when Mesut Ozil was recruited for €53.7 million (HK$546 million).

"The solution [for the fans] every time you don't win a game is to buy somebody," he said.

"They have to trust us to buy the best possible solution.

"Why did Manchester City not beat Stoke? They have plenty of strikers. Football is a team sport, not an individual one.

"I don't like to promise what 100 per cent doesn't only depend on me. We can talk and talk. Even if we sign someone or not could we win today [Sunday] without anybody? Yes."

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