Sunday, 24th November, 2013

Arsene Wenger feels that Europe may have a problem with producing strikers, with the "big" goalscorers hailing from South America at present.

The Arsenal manager tried to buy Liverpool's Luis Suarez over the summer, missing out on the Uruguayan, while another one of his targets in Argentine Gonzalo Higuain headed for Napoli.


Wenger has managed to guide Arsenal to the top of the Premier League this season nevertheless, with his French striker Olivier Giroud reaching ten goals in all competitions.

But the Gunners manager believes Europe as a whole may be in something of a rut when it comes to producing top level goalscorers.


"I have said many times that Europe still produces many fantastic football players, but if you look well we do not produce strikers well", Wenger said via his club's official site.

"In the summer, you had Falcao going to Monaco, Cavani going to PSG in a big transfer, Suarez everybody wanted to buy him, Higuain has gone to Napoli for a lot of money, but in Europe that is an area where it is difficult to find.

"In Germany, I can remember in every club you had a big striker, they produced some fantastic ones, but they do not produce young strikers. Is that a consequence of the way we coach? Of modern life? I do not know."

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