Arsene Wenger has lavish praise on his strikers as he claims Arsenal’s current attacking players are the strongest he has worked with in over two decades.
Wenger has Alexis Sanchez who leads with 17 goals in 29 appearances, Oliver Giroud has 10 goals, Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck and Lucas Perez among his striking options, while Alex Iwobi and Alex Chamberlain also featured in offensive roles.
Danny Welbeck scored twice to put the Gunners ahead in their empathic 5-0 mauling of Southampton in the FA Cup on Saturday, with Theo Walcott also netting a hat-trick, both players absence proved how Arsenal struggle for goals.
When the likes of Thierry Henry, Robin Van Persie, Ian Wright and Dennis Bergkamp have all played and set their mark under the Frenchman during his two-decade reign both at Highbury and Emirates, but Wenger believes his current crop of strikers are better off the 2003/2004 invincibles
When asked if he has the best-attacking unit in his time at Arsenal, the Frenchman replied:”Yes. I think certainly numbers-wise and quality-wise together [they are the best],” Wenger said ahead of Tuesday’s clash with struggling Watford.
“We had never so many players who could perform and score goals – certainly never. “Dennis and Thierry had the quality but we did not have a large number. We had Sylvain Wiltord and Robert Pires as well so it was not bad.
“I don’t know how to manage them. I think it is to make the decision for the next game that you think is the right one.
“Sometimes you consider the problem you face, sometimes you consider the fitness of the players, the fact that for example they have played three days before, have they recovered or not?
“You just try, to be honest with your decision and keep everybody on board.”
Wenger hopes competing on several fronts, with the return of Champions League in the coming weeks, will help him keep all his strikers happy.
“It helps to play so many games and it is important to stay in all the competitions,” he said.
“If you have one game every week and you have several strikers, I wish you good luck to keep them happy.
“It is impossible. People always want you to buy more. And after when you have them they say ‘how do you keep them happy now?’
“They all get annoyed. They have a different way to show it. It is part of their job as well.”
However, Arsenal is yet to venture into the transfer market in the January window and the manager says there’s a lot of option on Ground for him and shrugged off the possibilities of new signings.
Asked about rumours concerning Athletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann, Wenger replied: we will see what happens in the next window but in this window, we will not make a move.
Meanwhile, Chuba Akpom is off to join Brighton until the end of the season, and Algerian international Ismael Bannacer has to join Ligue2 side Tours on a six-month loan deal
Tours announced the signing of Bennacer on their official Twitter page