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Good News On Bendtner. Do We Still Need A Striker?

Good News On Bendtner. Do We Still Need A Striker?

I've been scouring NewsNow today for answers to a couple of questions. Firstly, will Arsenal play tomorrow? And secondly, how did Nicklas Bendtner's tests go today?

Unfortunately, I didn't get an answer to my first inquiry, as it seems we'll have to wait till tomorrow for that. But I did come across some clarification on our worrisome injury situation upfront. Earlier this week, it had been reported that our activity in the transfer window would depend on how his fitness tests went upon his return from Denmark today. This is what Arsene had to say tonight:

'Nicklas is doing well in training, had a good session today, and the news is quite good. He'll join in with the first-team next week. His fitness is not too bad, actually, because he has worked hard. He can do the job [as a central striker], even if he's a different type of player to Van Persie. But it gives me a few options in there.'

'His return will influence [what we do]. If he'd been ruled out for two months, we wouldn't have had a choice but to sign someone. It would have been an absolute that we signed a striker. But now we can be a little bit more relaxed. We can take it or leave it if we don't find what we want.'

I share the same opinion as Arsene. If Bendtner wasn't ready to go by the 31st of January, our home match against Manchester United, then I believe we would have been forced to splash a significant amount of cash. Not only will it help to have a player of Bendtner's size playing in the central role, but this will allow Arshavin to vacate the position. It is clear Andrey hates playing up front on his own almost as much as he hates women drivers.

So, what do you think? Will Wenger now be able to use the available money on another position? Leave your comments below or vote in the poll on your right.

We'll post news on tomorrow's fixture as soon as it becomes available.

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Writer:Brice Coffer
Date:Friday January 8 2010
Time: 11:38PM


I think risking doing nothing rather than risk doing something in the transfer market has badly hurt Arsenal in the past, I think it's almost suicidal not to sign a striker, even if we just get someone on loan, that will do. Bendtner is fine but even in the best case scenario he won't come close to recreating Van Persie's form, he is rusty and hasn't played competitive football for months. To risk doing nothing just because an injury prone, inconsistent player returns is lunacy. At all costs Arsenal must do everything they can to maintain their momentum, if at the end of the season we win nothing having tried our best to replace injured players in January, then so be it. But to look back with the regret and wonder what could have been after doing nothing in the January transfer window would be a huge blow to the club and team morale. We are in the best position we have been in for years, now is the time to be proactive in the transfer market, at least attempt to reduce the odds of things going wrong.a
Professor Calculus
08/01/2010 23:57:00
Agreed Prof .... this transfer window is about the only time in the history of Wenger that'll I'm practically begging him to go out and spend a ***** load of cash .... simply because we're in with a shout this time. We can win it, I know we can ... but if we get any more injuries (and let's face it that's more than likely) then we can kiss our title shot goodbye. We have £40M from the sale of Ade and Toure .... let's spend the friggin lot and go win us a trophy.
09/01/2010 00:05:00
Originally Arsene said we were in the market for a striker because of Van Persie's injury, at the time Nik was still due back in the New Year, so really our situatio hasn't changed. I still think we will get a striker in, I simply think this was said so people don't think that they can rip us off because we're desperate.
09/01/2010 00:11:00
I'm sometimes genuinely fearful that we won't sign anyone, but then I think the club are in a position where they have to sign someone due to pressure, I think Wenger and Gazidis are awesome, but regardless of what they claim, they know that the fans know that this time without doubt there is money in the bank to spend, and that this year for the first time in years is looking like a genuine chance to win the league. Surely our current scenario is the one envisaged when we first left Highbury, so surely having worked their balls off for the past four years against all odds, all that work to find ourselves in 2010 with one of the best stadiums in the world, a well balanced team, financially healthy and 4 points of the leaders with a game in hand with the youngest team in the EPL, after all that is the club going to look at where we are now and then in January go "Nah, we won't bother, we'll take the risk of making do". When I think of it like that I am certain Arsenal will sign at least a striker.
Professor Calculus
09/01/2010 00:39:00
He wont buy anybody and come at the end he will say we had injuries that cost us winning the premiership. When summer comes we will sell two more players and get one. Thats the way this club will be doing in the transfer market
09/01/2010 00:59:00
Its moments like these when I feel like tearing my hair apart. Wenger thought he was God and thought we would survive the loss of Flamini and Diarra and Bert and Hleb. Like ***** we did. And finally when our position in top 4 (thats all the ***** he cares about) was in danger he went and spent a truck load on Arshavin. And thinks his job is done - coz he got 4th position. Second time in 5 years we are again within grasp of the title and he is back to his bloody frustrating ways again. I am truly *****ed! Even if Nik comes back he is no RvP and if we strengthen we can really do something good. Both Utd and Chelsea are not in a position to spend.. all we need are 2 players but I know he wont buy. Why? Because he is bloody stubborn for his and our good.
09/01/2010 01:08:00
The only reason he won't buy now is because he can't find anyone available now better than we already have. He wants to buy aand he has the money to buy - that much is clear but buying someone that you really aren't going to put in ahead of those we already have is pointless. Especially if he thinks he can get someone better for the longer term in the summer. These guys are thinking about the next few years as much as they are the next few months. Token buys are a complete waste of time.
09/01/2010 01:14:00
Right on! Dberg. Arsene knows that the slightest hint that we are desperate for a striker (as is being espoused in the tabloids and blogs) will turn potential bargain buys to "big money stars", albeit undeservedly. This is part of the transfer window gamesmanship and Arsene hasn't been in it this long without knowing how to side step a few 'land mines' (1. Money to spend. 2. Desperate for striker.) that go with the negotiations for players' values/fees. I believe we shall buy a player because we do need (at least) one, even if for the feel good factor.
09/01/2010 01:25:00
Amos, Wenger said today he doesn't see anyone who fits in short term. So does he mean he doesn't find anyone in the market who is better than Eduardo or Nik or Carlos? Again, Song could possibly come back knackered from ACN. He couldn't find someone to fill in for the position where our second real back up is Eastmond? Its all a joke. He knows he will get CL football next season.
09/01/2010 01:29:00
Sajit - Arsene Wenger has consistently added top quality players to our squad over the last few years. Good experienced internationals. In seperate transfer windows he's bought Tomas Rosicky, Samir Nasri, Eduardo Da Silva, Andrei Arshavin and Thomas Vermaelen .... that is a core of top quality players. Whilst I'll agree that with a couple of excellent signings we're gunna really challenge this season, to say Arsene doesn't buy is a complete misnomer.
09/01/2010 01:33:00
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