Wenger bemoans lack of quality strikers in the market.

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The Gunners have been regularly linked to the likes of Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema and PSG forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic throughout the summer transfer window, but Wenger continues to rubbish such rumours.

Many onlookers, including Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, have raised doubts over Olivier Giroud’s capability to lead the club to a Premier League title challenge, but Wenger believes there is an overall lack of quality forwards in world football.

Speaking during his pre-match press conference ahead of Monday’s clash with Liverpool, Wenger said there is a “shortage in the world” of top class strikers.

“There is a difference between financial power and the availabilty of top class players.”

The Frenchman also bemoaned the transfer window, which remains open until September 1, by which time each Premier League side will have played four games already.

“When the season starts the window should be finished,” Wenger said. “Simple as that. It is too big an advantage for clubs that didn’t work well during the transfer window.

“The funds are there, people know that you have the resources, but the players are not available.”

When asked of any imminent deals for his side, Wenger responded: “We expect, like you, but at the moment, we are not close.

“I’m more focused on developing the team and the players we have inside the club.

“I’m not against buying if it is really a plus for the team.

“If it is just buying players at the level of the players you have I am not for that.”

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