Arsene Wenger is determined that Barcelona will cash into a new forward – even though Antoine Griezmann is improving.
Antoine Griezmann came to Barcelona in July 2019 for €120 million from Atletico Madrid, just last summer. Admittedly, although he still is getting used to the Catalan club standards, he is just beginning to break out and improve as a player.
However, Wenger is stubborn. He feels that it will take longer for Griezmann to truly adapt and meanwhile, Barcelona can bring in another striker.
“Barcelona has always bought the greatest players. Personally, I’m not sure that Suarez needs to be replaced,” he told beIN SPORTS.
“They can add another striker because it’s true that Suarez and [Lionel] Messi are the main contributors and they might need somebody else who can score goals.
“I still think Griezmann at some stage will start to score goals, he doesn’t look completely adapted, maybe now after confinement, he will be refreshed because he’s a good goalscorer as well.
“But I’m convinced they will buy another striker as well.”
Martin Braithwaite is also a new addition to the Catalan club, with Barcelona having triggered his release clause earlier in February 2020. He’s glad that Suarez is back on his feet because that means Braithwaite gets to train and learn from him, even though he won’t be able to play much in La Liga this season.
“I am so happy that Luis is back because when I came here he was injured and I haven’t played with him,” he told Goal. “I want to learn from him, he is one of the best strikers in the world and I am happy he is back.
“The training is totally different to what I was used to so I can feel I am developing a lot in the technical level. As a human I can feel I have more attention in such a big club like this but you must learn to live with all this attention.”