Arsenal boss plays down transfer talk

Arsene Wenger's experienceArsenal boss Arsene Wenger has played down the need to delve into the transfer market to sign a striker in January.

The Gunners have been heavily linked with a number of players in recent months, with the in-form Olivier Giroud their only genuine top-class option in the final third of the pitch.

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Karim Benzema of Real Madrid have been mentioned as possible candidates, with bids for the duo rumoured to be close to being submitted.

However, Wenger says that, although he is not completely against making additions, he sees no real need to spend big when Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski are nearing a return to the first-team:

“Look I am not against it, I don’t say I never make a mistake – I certainly made some. It is always difficult in the middle of the season.” He is quoted by The Guardian.

“If somebody is doing well somewhere the clubs do not necessarily want to sell him. They can wait until the end of the season. Most of the time it is because we didn’t find the right player.”

“If we lose Giroud we have nobody with body weight up front apart from Bendtner. I think he has the level but at the moment he doesn’t get enough games. And as well, in his head, is he here? Has he planned to go?”

Benzema is thought to be Wenger’s top target, but when pressed on whether or not he will be linking up with his international team-mate Giroud at club level, the Frenchman said:

“I don’t think that’s a good idea,”

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