Wenger now in the mood to pull off a good buy

ARSE­NAL BOSS TAR­GETS A NEW STRIKER

Midweek Sport - - TV GUIDE - By MIKE MC­GRATH

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.

Bar­gains

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.”

UN­DER PRES­SURE: Long

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