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After narrow win vs. 10-man Newcastle, Wenger talks striker transfers: “We are working on it”

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Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger awaits the start of their English Premier League soccer match between Newcastle United and Arsenal at St James’ Park, Newcastle, England, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)


Given their struggle to find goals in a 1-0 win over 10-man Newcastle, it comes as little surprise that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was talking transfers in his post-match interview.

Arsenal looked uninspired at times, possessing for days but not finding a way through Newcastle’s banks of defenders once Aleksandar Mitrovic was sent off for a stamp on Francis Coquelin after 16 minutes.

[ RECAP: Newcastle United 0-1 Arsenal ]

After the match, Wenger lamented Newcastle’s structure after going down a man, and admitted his club would like an elite striker before the transfer deadline closes on Monday.

“Look, we are working on it. I am optimistic, but not more than before or not less.”

“You want always more, more and more goal scorers, but at the moment we have not found the right note offensively.”

“Newcastle wanted to stop us from playing and they tried that from the start,” Wenger said. “It was about patience and nerves. We needed not to rush our game and to wait for our chances and take one of them. Newcastle decided from the start to make the game quite physical, we had to keep our nerve and not become aggressive as well.”

It’s important to note that even with Danny Welbeck set to return, this wouldn’t be a panic move from Wenger. Arsenal badly needs a clinical finisher if it wants to compete for European and domestic glory.

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