Arsenal transfer business dependent on injuries, claims Wenger

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has today revealed that he will wait for news on Nicklas Bendtner's injury before deciding if needs to sign a new striker before the transfer window closes.

The Gunners have been consistently linked with a whole host of forwards in bid to beef up their attacking options, including Diego Costa, Dimitar Berbatov and Christian Benteke.

Wenger has previously refused to be drawn on the possibility of adding cover for star striker Olivier Giroud during January, with only Bendtner and Lukas Podolski as potential alternatives with the Frenchman currently sidelined through illness.

Bendtner picked up an ankle ligament injury while scoring a late opener in Arsenal's 2-0 win over Cardiff City on Wednesday, with Wenger revealing that he may be forced to do business if the Danish striker faces a prolonged spell on the treatment table.

He told the Evening Standard: "It is frustrating [that Bendtner is injured] but you have to live with that.

"It is even more disappointing for him because he went through a tough time and he continued and was persistent in his attitude and just returned to his real level. To be out straight away, I hope it will not be for a long time.

“Does it change my thoughts on the transfer window? It depends how long he will be out for.”

The Gunners are currently preparing for an FA Cup third-round tie against arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur without Giroud and Bendnter, with Podolski or at a stretch Theo Walcott as central strike options, while Mesut Ozil faces a late fitness test.

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