Wenger to step up search

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he will be looking to sign a new striker in next month's transfer window as he tries to bolster his struggling squad.

The Gunners have lost their last two Premier League matches and are 11 points behind leaders Chelsea and recently discovered that Robin van Persie will be sidelined for five months.

Eduardo is struggling to find his best form while Nicklas Bendtner is continuing to recover from an operation on a groin injury.

Wenger has been linked with a host of forwards including Bordeaux's Marouane Chamakh, Italy Under-21 star Mario Balotelli, Toulouse striker Andre-Pierre Gignac, AC Milan's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Giampaolo Pazzini, of Sampdoria and Loic Remy of Nice.

Wenger admitted:"Robin's injury has to affect my thoughts for January.

"It has to because before the injury I didn't feel we needed to buy, but we will be out on the market that is for sure.

"But I will only make a decision if it suits us."

Van Persie picked up the injury during last month's friendly international between the Netherlands and Italy, with Wenger adding:"Giorgio Chiellini's tackle on van Persie is not as anonymous as it looks at the start and we have not been told the truth by the Dutch Football Federation, which is a real regret.

"There's a lot for us to cry about, but unfortunately again we have to deal with the situation and it's a shame. It is really difficult to accept.

"Our players go away, they are injured. A player like Abou Diaby goes away and is injured, and you cannot even get him back because they decided to keep him.

"The French Federation decided to keep Diaby for political reasons. They knew he would never play, but they didn't want to call another player up. The result? He comes back, the next day tries to have a run and gets a setback, and we have to deal with the consequences."

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