Arsenal transfer bids for star strikers set to fail

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Arsene Wenger will fail to land any one of his three top targets in the January transfer window, despite attempts to compensate for the loss of Theo Walcott, reports the Daily Express.

Walcott was diagnosed with a damaged anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, ruling him out for the rest of the season as well as the World Cup.

That has left the Arsenal boss with one less striker to choose from and, with options already looking thin, many were expecting Wenger to delve in to the transfer market with a major addition.

Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata, Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa and Bayern Munich's Mario Mandzukic are thought to be at the top of Wenger's wish list, but the Express believes that none of the above will be available for transfer in the January window.

Carlo Ancelotti has spoken of his reluctance to sell 21-year-old Morata despite playing back-up to both Karim Benzema and Jese so far this season.

Costa is believed to have a release clause of £32m but news that it can not be activated halfway through the season has left Wenger with no choice but to wait until the end of the season to make a move.

Not even Jackson Martinez, considered a last resort option for the Gunners boss, can be released from Porto from his £33m buy-out clause in January.

Arsenal now face fighting for the title with just Olivier Giroud and Nicklas Bendtner fit to play up front.

Both have been out recently with injuries but are expected to return in the near future. 

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