Arsene Wenger may be forced to buy

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger may have his hand forced this January after reports of Nicklas Bendtner's injury claimed he is set to be ruled out for as long as six weeks.

The Gunners have been linked with the likes of Mario Mandzukic, Dimitar Berbatov, Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata as they look to ease some of the centre-forward burden on Olivier Giroud.

Bendtner's Arsenal career appeared to be over as long as two seasons ago, but the shortage of strikers at Emirates Stadium meant he has been given a chance to impress in recent weeks.

He was Arsenal's hero in the home win over Cardiff City on New year's Day when he came off the bench to break the deadlock in the 88th minute, effectively winning the match and proving he had something to offer in the Gunner's title charge.

However, he suffered an ankle injury in the process of scoring and a a report from claims the Denmark international is facing six week out injured, which, along with Giroud out with a cut foot and illness, leaves Wenger dangerously short of attacking options.

The Frenchman admitted he would have to dip into the transfer market if Bendtner's injury was any longer than three weeks, but was not confident of securing anything other than a temporary fix of his forward problems.

Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott are both capable of filling in at centre-forward, but the former struggled to make an impact when deployed in that position against Cardiff and was removed with nearly 30 minutes remaining in the game.

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