Sanchez means no panic buys, says Arsenal boss Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said the presence of Alexis Sanchez means he doesn’t have to dip into the market before the close of the transfer window – despite the injury to Olivier Giroud, ESPN has reported.

Giroud isn’t expected to be fit until the New Year after it was confirmed he had undergone an operation on a broken tibia, suffered in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Everton. Sanchez started that game through the middle – although he was replaced at half-time by Giroud – but in the absence of the France international, Sanchez played and scored against Besiktas in the Champions League in midweek.

“He can play his whole life as centre forward,” Wenger said of Sanchez. “I bought him to play as a striker, not only on the flanks. He was mobile, dangerous and showed great fighting spirit.

“If you want to make everybody happy, [you] just buy all these players, but you cannot just buy when a player is injured,” the manager continued. “If you look at the players on the bench and those injured, we have players.

“We are open to any position as long as we feel the player can strengthen the squad. I do not see the purpose of buying just to buy. If we feel we have a player who can give something to us, we will do it in any position.”

Sanchez was this summer signed from Barcelona, having played 141 times for the Catalans and scored 41 goals. He previously represented Udinese, netting 21 times in 121 appearances, and has also played for Cobreloa, Colo-Colo and River Plate, as well as winning 71 caps for Chile and finding the net on 24 occasions.

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