By Richard Clarke

The pre-season form of Nicklas Bendtner and Carlos Vela has re-affirmed Arsène Wenger’s belief that he does not need to sign another striker.

Both players scored with classy finishes on Wednesday night in the 3-1 win at Stuttgart. In addition the Dane hit four and the Mexican three against an admittedly weak Burgenland XI two days earlier.

If you add these two players to Wenger’s pool of forwards then suddenly it appears the manager has many options for the start of the campaign — Emmanuel Adebayor, Robin van Persie, Theo Walcott, Vela and Bendtner. While Eduardo is well on course for a return by November.

“We are not as short of strikers as people thought,” said Wenger after the Stuttgart win.

“We have Vela, who has integrated well into the team, and Bendtner was a force at the end of last season. He will confirm that again this year.

“In all the areas in total we are perhaps one player short. But up front we don’t need anybody.”

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31 Jul 2008