Wenger targeting deadline day move for injured Giroud replacement

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted he is targeting a transfer deadline day swoop for another top striker to replace injured frontman Olivier Giroud.The north London club confirmed this week that France international Giroud is set for a lengthy stint on the sidelines after undergoing surgery on a broken ankle, and is unlikely to return to action before the New Year.That leaves £35million summer signing Alexis Sanchez plus youngsters Yaya Sanogo and Joel Campbell at Wenger’s disposal up front, though the back-up duo are still largely untried at the top level.The Gunners have been linked with a sensational late move for unsettled Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani.And, asked if his priority ahead of Monday’s fast-approaching 11pm deadline is to strengthen his attacking options, Wenger admitted: “Yes, because we have a big injury there.“But we still have plenty of players on our bench with a lot of quality, today we had Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere, Lukas Podolski, Tomas Rosicky, Calum Chambers and Joel Campbell.“We’re still working very hard but it doesn’t depend only on us, you need all three parties to agree.“We are open, we work on it, but let’s not fool ourselves; Man City lost against Stoke and had strikers, it’s not just about buying one player.“But we want to and we are open to it. The pressure to buy is always there, we have to live with that, we try our best.”The Gunners’ lack of flair in front of goal was evident as they could only manage a 1-1 draw against Premier League newcomers Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.Sanchez opened the scoring after 20 minutes though the Foxes immediately equalised through Leonardo Ulloa, and Wenger believes the injury to commanding centre-back Laurent Koscielny in the first-half had a lasting effect on the whole team.He added: “After the injury to Koscielny we lacked that bit of sharpness and creativity to transform our possession into goals.“We weren’t cautious enough at the end, we could have maybe lost the game because we wanted to win so much.“Having three away games in the last two weeks, at Besiktas, Everton and here at Leicester, you could see we were mentally a bit jaded.”last_img read more

Watch Manchester United BEAT PSV Eindhoven 3-0

first_imgManchester United may have lost to PSV Eindhoven on their return to the Champions League group stages but their Under-19s were impressive as they beat the same opponents 3-0 in the Netherlands.A stunning Callum Gribbin free-kick and a second-half brace from Marcus Rashford ensured they claimed an opening win in the competition, which runs alongside the senior campaign.The Red Devils side, led by Nicky Butt, also saw their opponents go down to ten men when Maarten Peijnenburg received his second booking of the game.You can see the highlights from the clash above…last_img read more