Wenger makes U-turn over January signings

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has appeared to make a complete U-turn on his decision not to buy a striker in the January Transfer Window, according to the Metro.

Just last week Wenger told the press he would not be replacing Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho who are departing for the African Cup of Nations in the New Year, but it seems he could be keen on a short term signing to cover the prolific Robin van Persie.

Arsenal have relied on van Persie for the majority of their goals this season and the covering players have failed to make much of an impact at the Emirates. Wenger has been linked with big money moves for the likes of Lukas Podolski and Mario Gotze in recent weeks and either of them would fit well into the North London clubs plans for the second half of the season.

“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,” Wenger told a supporters’ Q&A at the Emirates Stadium.

“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.”

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