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Arsenal won't try to sign a new striker in January

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Arsene Wenger will not enter the market for a new striker in January and will instead put his faith in Nicklas Bendtner as back-up for main man Olivier Giroud.

The Gunners were unsuccessful with attempts to land Luis Suarez from Liverpool and Demba Ba from Chelsea over the summer, and have been linked with a move for a series of forwards in the winter window.

However according to the Telegraph, Wenger won't try and sign a new forward in January because of the lack of high-quality options available for a reasonable price. Instead the Arsenal boss will give Bendtner one final chance to prove his worth.

The Danish forward has regularly failed to live up to his own hype during his time with Arsenal, and was close to joining Crystal Palace over the summer.

The 25-year-old scored the opener against Hull on Wednesday in Arsenal's 2-0 victory - his first goal for the club since 2011 and his first in the league since 2010.

He's had loan spells with Sunderland and Juventus in recent seasons and become a figure of fun for football fans because of his brash style - but Wenger is willing to give him a chance to prove he is up to the task and earn a contract extension.

As it stands he will leave the club when his deal expires in the summer, but Wenger demonstrated a certain amount of faith in starting him at the Emirates Stadium - something which was repaid when the striker found the back of the net in 93 seconds.

The Telegraph report that Wenger is open to giving Bendtner more opportunities to show what he can do as he looks to rotate first-choice striker Giroud - and if he can impress then his time in north London could well be extended.

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