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Emmanuel Emenike lined up for Arsenal switch in January

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Arsenal appear to be on the hunt for further attacking recruits, with the latest reports suggesting that manager Arsene Wenger is targeting a January move for Fenerbahce striker Emmanuel Emenike.

According to speculation from the Turkish print media cited by Metro, Wenger has instructed his scouting team to carry out a thorough assessment of the £15 million-rated Chelsea target and, in the event that he impresses, is prepared to make an offer for his services when the transfer window opens for business once again in the new year.

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Striker problem

The issue regarding Arsenal's lack of depth up front has been a particularly contentious one during recent seasons, with Wenger having only altered his position on the topic relatively recently.

Following the departure of the hapless Nicklas Bendtner this summer, the Gunners were left with young Frenchman Yaya Sanogo as the only out-and-out striker in the squad to provide competition for Olivier Giroud - a problem that was quickly intensified by the loss of the latter until the new year with a broken tibia sustained during a 2-2 draw against Everton back in August.

Wenger eventually ceded to popular opinion, of course, with the deadline day capture of England international Danny Welbeck easing the concerns caused by Giroud's injury and satisfying the majority of supporters who had been willing him to make such a signing for several months.

Emenike offer

If the rumours regarding Emenike are true, it would appear to suggest a lack of confidence that Welbeck - who has only one top-flight goal to his name for Arsenal so far but showed great poise to net a hat-trick in the Champions League rout of Galatasaray last month - alone is capable of covering for Giroud on a long-term basis.

Emenike - the experienced Nigeria international whose first spell in Turkish football was brief and blighted by match-fixing allegations - has been with reigning Super Lig champions Fenerbahce for just over a year now, having returned to Sukru Saracoglu Stadium from Spartak Moscow in August 2013.

He netted 12 goals in 28 appearances last term and opened his account for the new campaign in late August with an early opener in the eventful 3-2 home victory over struggling Karabukspor.

One presumes the 27-year-old will have his work cut out to secure regular starts if he were to switch to the Emirates Stadium, particularly with Giroud now said to be recovering ahead of schedule.

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