Wenger eyes cut-price deal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he may be in the market for a new striker in the January transfer window, but only at the right price.

The Gunners will have to make do without Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh in the new year as they travel to compete in the Africa Cup of Nations, and the French coach has revealed that he may look for a cost-effective replacement.

“We lose players like Chamakh and Gervinho to the Africa Cup of Nations so hopefully, touch wood, we do not get any injuries to our strikers,” he told reporters.

“But if an opportunity turns up in that department then we will buy.

“Economically the whole environment has changed and people suffer more. The clubs will suffer more financially and it’s much more difficult.

“Maybe we will have some opportunities because we are in a good financial situation,” he concluded.

The statement goes against Wenger’s usual policy, as it has been very rare that he has dipped into the mid-season transfer market.

Gervinho’s loss in particular will be a blow to the Emirates Stadium outfit, and will consequently pile more pressure on star attacker Robin van Persie.

By Gareth McKnight