Wenger admits Arsenal may look for short-term striker solution, but cools Berbatov link

Arsenal are not likely to spend big during the January transfer window, and are more likely to seek out bargain basement reinforcements, reports The Telegraph.

Recent reports have linked the Gunners with moves as diversified as Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov – who is now not believed to be on the club’s radar – and Diego Costa, who could have set them back in excess of €40m.

However, French manager Arsene Wenger has clarified the Gunners’ transfer situation, stating that he may simple seek a stop-gap solution – and those do not often include large transfer fees.

The results of a scan on striker Nicklas Bendtner is likely to influence Arsenal’s eagerness to secure new faces in the frontline, with Olivier Giroud the only established striker available for selection during the north London FA Cup third round derby with Tottenham, and as a result if the Danish international’s injury is likely to keep him out for three weeks or more then a new signing will be high on Wenger’s priority list.

Wenger has always believed that signing players in the January transfer window is a difficult task, and has warned his club’s fans not to expect too much in the way of activity in the market this winter.

He said: “You can find a solution somewhere, a club that has financial trouble and wants to get rid of a big contract for five or six months. But to find in January exactly the player who will be tomorrow’s star on the longer term is much more difficult.

Speaking on the prospect of landing former Spurs striker Dimitar Berbatov from Fulham, Wenger seemed cool on the subject, continuing: “He is not a name that we have considered at the moment. We have not even been out on the transfer market, we have not contacted anybody.”

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