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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger tempted to sign a striker in January if 'an opportunity turns up'

Arsenal have turned their season around following seven wins from the last eight Premier League matches, to move back into contention for the top four.

Much of that success has been built on the 19 goals of prolific captain Robin van Persie.

With both Ivory Coast forward Gervinho and Morocco striker Marouane Chamakh both set to be away at the African Nations Cup early next year, Wenger accepts his backup options will be stretched.

Arsenal have plenty of cash reserves should Wenger wish to strengthen the squad, and the Frenchman will keep an eye out for any bargains.

“We lose players like Chamakh and Gervinho to the Africa Cup of Nations so hopefully, touch wood, we do not get any injuries to our strikers.

“But if an opportunity turns up in that department then we will buy,” Wenger told a supporters’ Q&A at the Emirates Stadium.

The Arsenal manager, however, feels the current financial climate is “a bit special”.

Wenger continued: “Economically the whole environment has changed and people suffer more. The clubs will suffer more financially and it’s much more difficult. Maybe we will have some opportunities because we are in a good financial situation.”

FC Koln’s Germany striker Lukas Podolski and Sochaux midfielder Kevin Anin are believed to be on Wenger’s radar, along with Anderlecht’s Luca Biglia.

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