Wenger plays down Arsenal interest in Berbatov

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has denied Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov is to move across London, the Daily Mail has reported, but the Gunners boss did admit his options are limited in the transfer window.

Wenger has relied heavily on Olivier Giroud so far this season but the France striker has been injured of late, while his replacement, Nicklas Bendtner was out of favour. The Dane has however come back into the reckoning and scored the opening goal of the 2-0 win over Cardiff City in Arsenal’s last game, but injured himself in the process and may not be fit to play Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup on Saturday.

With the transfer window opening on January 1 Wenger has been linked with bolstering his attacking unit but denied a move was in the works for former Tottenham and Manchester United forward Berbatov. “I won’t go into any specific names,” Wenger began when asked at a press conference about possible signings. “That would be disrespectful. We are assessing our options which are restricted. Berbatov is not a name we have considered.

Wenger did confirm that he was exploring the possibility of bringing in new faces, but pointed to the difficulty of signing players in the middle of the season as a stumbling block – and wants to learn more about the fitness of Bendtner first. “We are analysing the situation,” he said. “Until we know about Bendtner and (Yaya) Sanogo we will make a decision on that. The players who can strengthen our squad are under contract.

Berbatov was a Spurs player for three years before his move to United in 2008, signing in at White Hart Lane from Bayer Leverkusen. He joined Fulham in the summer of 2012 after falling out of favour at Old Trafford.

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