Wenger now in the mood to pull off a good buy
ARSENAL BOSS TARGETS A NEW STRIKER
ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger admits he could be tempted to dip into the January sales for a striker.
The Gunners have turned their season around after seven wins from their last eight Premier League matches to move back into contention for the top four.
Much of that success has been built on the 19 goals plundered by prolific captain Robin van Persie.
Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh are away at the African Nations Cup early next year.
And Wenger accepts his back-up striker options will be stretched.
Arsenal have plenty of cash should Wenger wish to strengthen the squad and the Gunners boss will keep an eye out for any bargains.
That could even include former star Thierry Henry.
“We lose players like Chamakh and Gervinho, so hopefully we do not get any injuries to our strikers,” said Wenger.
“But if an opportunity turns up in that department, then we will buy.”
Wenger feels the current financial climate is “a bit special”. He added: “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 – we are in a good financial situation.”
Although South Korea captain Park Ju-young and Russian Andrey Arshavin also offer attacking options, Wenger may look to bring in more like-forlike cover, with Cologne’s Lukas Podolski one possibility if the price is right.
Other targets include Sochaux midfielder Kevin Anin and Anderlecht’s Luca Biglia.
The 25-year-old’s representative Enzo Montepaone said: “Fiorentina’s interest is real, but Arsenal also like him a lot.
“Italy has always been his dream and a move there is very likely.”
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