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Wenger Keeping a Beady Eye On Transfer Market

Arsene Wenger today confirmed that he will be keeping a beady eye on what`s going on in the transfer market when the window re-opens in a few hours time.

The Frenchman broke, nay smashed Arsenal`s transfer record in the last window bringing in Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid for 42M at the close of play last September, however many people thought we were still shy one striker.

However the Gunners surpassed everyone`s expectations and go into the New Year sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League. That said Arsenal`s main striker, Olivier Giroud has looked a little tired in the past few weeks despite bagging the winner against Newcastle on Sunday.

Wenger claims he will crack open the cheque book again if someone "special" comes along, though he`s not looking to replace Giroud but more to back him up after admitting Yaya Sanogo failed to provide cover due to lengthy injury lay-offs.

"At the start [of the season] we gambled on Sanogo, who has been injured until now, I thought he could come in for some games and help us but of course he has not been fit at all." Said Wenger on

"Nobody knows what will happen because Bendtner is coming back into good shape now and Podolski is back, so we have a bit more choice up front.

"We are like many clubs: certainly on alert if something special turns up and we will not turn it down, but we are not desperate because we have a big depth in our squad.

"We have shown that because our midfield for example at West Ham and at Newcastle was completely different. We changed three players and we still managed to have a very strong team."

"We have to give him [Giroud] credit for one thing, that physically he has coped with it until now in a remarkable way and with a fantastic combative attitude"

"If we are out there [on the market] - and I don't know if we will do something or not - it's not to replace Olivier Giroud - we have a great confidence in him."

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday December 31 2013

Time: 12:38PM

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Whether we're first or fifth you'd hope we're always open to adding genuine value to the squad. But he's right that we don't need the numbers. Whatever we achieve this season is going to be with those we already have.
Cant see Wenger splashing any major cash in Jan, possibly a loan deal for the likes of maybe Berbatov but other than that think he will stick with what we have.

We 19 league games to go and I think our plan is to hope that Giroud lasts!!

Galway Gooner
I'm convinced that Wenger won't want to run Giroud into the ground knowing it's a World Cup year for the player, especially given he's a fellow countryman. For once I'd be very surprised if he doesn't add a striker - especially since he concedes the Sanogo gamble hasn't worked out.
Im sure we won't be adding in January. Wenger will say Poldi Theo and Bik can back up Giroud. Disappointed but honestly, don't want to add for the sake of adding.
I think past experiences in the transfer market have dulled our senses on this one. If he wants the title, then he should pull out all the stops to strengthen the squad. If he reverts to type then were buggered pure and simple. Happy New year from Sydney NSW.
Brady's Left Peg
i believe bendtner could revive his career with us if he pulls his socks up and work as hard as giroud. their physical & skill attributes are almost identical. the only difference probably is the work rate. traditionally, we were very reliant on striker extraordinaire to deliver for the team. when rvp left, we have adopted the 'plan b' the fans had been yearning for years as our new 'plan a' and that suits physically imposing players like giroud & bendtner. i reckon if we were to buy a new striker, a player in the mould of drogba would be more suitable than the skillful type like suarez as we need the physical presence to compensate our midfielders are too small sized (the average height of our midfielders i.e carzorla, walcott, podolski, gnabry, rosicky, wilshere, arteta, flamini, ozil & ramsey is slightly less than 5' 9", probably the smallest in the league)
No signings till the summer.
Wenger's comments regarding a striker are as cryptic as ever but there is no doubt that he is looking for one. In my view, the bid for Suarez shows that he is looking for not an out and out centre forward in the Drogba mould but someone who can play as either a support striker on the left or right of Giroud or as a false 9. I think more than Giroud, Podolski's future at the club is unclear and that the left sided forward position in the team is up for grabs. Someone in the Marco Reus/ Julian Draxler/ Diego Costa mould is being considered.
I think we will get someone, but most likely on loan. We always pull out all the stops, BLP, but we can't always get who we want. Failure in the market is not from want of trying. @ Joe_@, isn't funny - 15 months ago, we were wondering how the team would adapt to having a target man instead of RvP and now we can't do without him! I agree about Bendtner's potential, it's really up to him and how hard he is prepared to work and how unselfish he can be. Giroud will be central (literally) to our play regardless of whom we get this window. (I am assuming that none of the few world class players of his type will be available.) AW has been after a player like him for years, thought he had one in Bendtner and Adebayor, but Giroud is the real deal.
Wishing all gooners a very happy and fulfilled 2014!
Agree with FG. I think the manager is on the market for a striker but more a type that would help 'distract' defences while Giroud remains central; or, at least, is able to get a rest every once in a while.

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