Wenger confirms striker search in progress

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed the club are on the lookout for another striker before the close of the transfer window, to replace the departing Nicklas Bendtner.

The 23-year-old Denmark international has been heavily linked with the exit door for some time having been left out of the first-team pre-season plans.

Following the sale of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, who departed the Emirates Stadium for pastures new at Barcelona and Manchester City respectively, pressure has increased on Wenger to delve into the transfer market once again before the August 31 deadline.

The Gunners headline signing of the summer so far came in the form of Ivorian international Gervinho, who arrived from Ligue 1 side Lille in a deal worth nearly £11million.


Arsenal followed that up with the addition of highly rated youngsters Carl Jenkinson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Charlton and Southampton respectively, and whilst the former has alongside Gervinho, also impressed in his early season performances, there are calls for another marquee acquisition.

"We are looking for one more striker because we know he [Bendtner] will leave," confirmed Wenger. "We will be short because we also have [Marouane] Chamakh leaving for the African Cup of Nations this season."

The developments will come as a welcome boost to those Arsenal fans who have questioned the capabilities of the current group of players that are now missing the influence of Fabregas and the creative spark of Nasri.

After successfully overcoming their latest hurdle of securing UEFA Champions League qualification, attention now turns back to the Barclays Premier League, as Arsenal travel to Old Trafford on Sunday to face reigning champions Manchester United in what looks to be the stand-out game of the weekend's fixtures.

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