Arsenal Transfer News: Arsene Wenger Talks Striker Rumours and Wojciech Szczesny

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistJuly 24, 2015

SINGAPORE - JULY 15:  Arsene Wenger of Arsenal looks on during the Barclays Asia Trophy match between Arsenal and Singapore at National Stadium on July 15, 2015 in Singapore.  (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)
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Arsene Wenger has confirmed he is "working hard" to do business in the transfer market but suggests adding a new striker to his Arsenal ranks isn't his priority.

The Frenchman spoke ahead of his side's pre-season fixture against Lyon on Saturday. Rumours continue to swirl over potential incoming names—with Real Madrid's Karim Benzema and Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski among them, per Kike Marin of El Confidencial—but Wenger doesn't necessarily want to uncover a new goalscorer, tweeted by Arsenal's official Twitter account:

Wenger is working on strengthening, though:

However, the boss has revealed both Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez are yet to fully start their preparations for the new campaign:

Antony Kastrinakis of the Sun reported that Wenger is weighing up whether to bid £8 million for Juventus striker Fernando Llorente because he "fears missing out on Karim Benzema." Karim Djaziri, Benzema's agent, told Sky Sports' Bryan Swanson that his client is "1,000 per cent" staying at the Bernabeu for the upcoming season.

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Gunners fans may be worried about having only Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott to choose from as out-and-out strikers. Premier League champions Chelsea have Diego Costa, Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao to utilise, while Manchester City can currently rotate between Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic. Having three top-class and hungry strikers is preferable when competing across four competitions.

Wenger isn't hung up on spending massive amounts of cash and is happy to prioritise the development of Arsenal's up-and-coming stars in a bid to ensure financial stability, as reported by Matt Barlow of MailOnline:

We want to combine stronger financial resources with faith in our philosophy. We want to give chances to young players, build them inside the club with our culture. 

Most clubs who have been successful have done that well. 

You can take Barcelona or Manchester United, who had a generation and built their success on players who came from within. 

These are our values and it is our DNA. It's important we keep that.

However, the manager is willing to add the occasional leading name while trying to achieve this, per Barlow: "After, if we can buy the exceptional players, we can compete today but that will not be the basis of our policy."

Goalkeeper Petr Cech is the side's only signing so far, as discussed by B/R UK's Sam Tighe:

Cech's arrival has seen Wojciech Szczesny's future thrown into doubt, with Marcus Christenson and Fabrizio Romano of the Guardian reporting he could join Roma on loan. The Arsenal boss all but confirmed the deal was done, according to Desmond Kane of Eurosport:

"We have everyone available from Asia. Wojciech Szczesny won't be involved because he might move to Roma," Wenger said, "He could go on loan to Roma. We are pretty much done it is down to paper work, but as long as that is not over the line anything can happen.

However, Wenger doesn't expect the stopper to leave permanently:

Szczesny can now be considered third choice 'keeper behind Cech and David Ospina, so he needs to secure a move elsewhere if he's going to force his way into Poland's lineup for Euro 2016. He is only 25 and has plenty to offer a top European side due to his shot-stopping skills and eagerness to impress.

Wenger is keen to keep his hunt for new players on the low-key side, a tactic that helps limit the expectations of Arsenal fans who have seen Mesut Ozil and Sanchez added over the last two years.

The Gunners offer a solid combination of world-class quality and improving youngsters, but extra investment is needed to make up the 12-point gap that separated them from Chelsea last term.