Wenger: We don’t need Benzema

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that his side do not need an extra attacker like Karim Benzema to win the Premier League.

The Frenchman's comments come after Gunners legend Thierry Henry said that partnering Olivier Giroud with his French international team-mate Benzema could be the key to Arsenal winning their first league title since 2004.

However, Wenger, who has consistently looked to distance himself from a bid for the Real Madrid attacker, feels that it's the collective effort of Giroud, Theo Walcott, Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain that will see Arsenal triumph, not the addition of another forward.

"I respect Thierry Henry a lot for his football knowledge but it is not as mathematical as that," Wenger said ahead of Sunday's clash with West Ham.

"We have to develop our collective game and depend less on one guy who comes in and scores all the goals.

"I think Olivier Giroud would not have been far from 20 if he played the whole of last season and Theo Walcott as well.

"I don't see why a guy like Chamberlain should not have an ambition to score 10 goals, Sanchez can score goals too.

"Ozil has to fix himself a target of at least 10. For a guy who plays behind the striker you want more from him on the goalscoring, so we can a little bit share that."

A gluttonous goal-scorer has been crucial to successful title bids in recent years, with every Premier League-winning side since 2009 possessing a striker that scored 20 goals or more.