The Asian Age

Wenger to Sanogo’s de­fence

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Le­ices­ter, Sept. 1: Arse­nal man­ager Arsene Wenger ad­mit­ted Yaya Sanogo’s strug­gles in front of goal are be­com­ing an in­creas­ing prob­lem, but re­fused to of­fer any guar­an­tees he will delve into the trans­fer mar­ket for a new striker. 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.

“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 prob- lem 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.”

One po­ten­tial so­lu­tion is no longer avail­able after Loic Remy com­pleted a switch to ri­vals Chelsea from QPR on Sun­day.

But Wenger has re­fused to raise hopes that he is about to re­peat last year’s sig­nif­i­cant spend­ing on dead­line­day, when Me­sut Ozil was re­cruited for £ 42.5 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.”

Within two min­utes Leonardo Ul­loa can­celled out Alexis Sanchez’s first EPL goal and the Foxes were good value for their point on what proved a frus­trat­ing af­ter­noon for Wenger, whose side re­main un­beaten on five points but lost ground at the top of the ta­ble.

 ?? — AFP ?? Arse­nal’s Alexis Sanchez ( left) in ac­tion against Le­ices­ter City’s Jeff Schlupp dur­ing their EPL match in Le­ices­ter on Sun­day. The match ended 1- 1.
— AFP Arse­nal’s Alexis Sanchez ( left) in ac­tion against Le­ices­ter City’s Jeff Schlupp dur­ing their EPL match in Le­ices­ter on Sun­day. The match ended 1- 1.

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