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Wenger still targeting new striker

ESPN staff
January 20, 2014
Gunners continue to set the pace

Arsene Wenger has admitted Arsenal need to sign another striker this January despite the imminent return of Nicklas Bendtner and Yaya Sanogo, according to the Mirror.

Wenger's fragile attacking options look slightly better this week with Bendtner set to resume full training today and Sanogo closing in on a return from his long-running back problem.

Arsenal have been linked with Dimitar Berbatov and the likes of Julian Draxler, but at the moment the club seem far away from securing a deal for any new attacking talent.

Another target had been Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata, but the young starlet has reaffirmed his commitment to the Spanish giants, while a deal for Juventus' Mirko Vucinic looks increasingly unlikely.

The Premier League leaders have not struggled to score this season, which has taken substantial pressure away from Olivier Giroud, and Wenger is keen to relieve that burden further to continue to strengthen Arsenal's title charge.

"Ideally if it's possible we'd like another [forward]," Wenger said. "I give you my phone number, if you find an exceptional [player], you can call me. Ideally, though we have not found anyone.

"We are open to strengthening our squad if it's possible, but as well we have Bendtner back in the squad on Monday. [Yaya] Sanogo is back in the squad on Monday week.

"For us, it's important to know everybody can score. [Aaron] Ramsey is a goal scorer and he's not playing at the moment. [Mikel] Arteta can get us a goal and he's not playing. That's very positive, I think."

Jack Wilshere believes Arsenal have benefited from strong strength in depth in other positions behind the front men this season.

"People underestimate our squad. We have a lot of talent in there," he said.

" Look at the bench - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain plays for England, Podolski, Vermaelen isn't even on there because he's injured.

"We have to rotate sometimes and we do. Mikel comes in and I go out or to the right and that is important. If we are going to win the championship that is what we are going to have to do."

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