Arsenal manager denies move for Dimitar Berbatov
Arsene Wenger has intimated that he might move for a new striker this month as he looks to strengthen his Gunners squad for the second half of the season.
January 3rd, 2014
Arsenal sit top of the Premier League although Olivier Giroud is out injured at the moment, with Nicklas Bendtner also sidelined and that could lead Wenger to recruit more firepower.
The name of Dimitar Berbatov has been linked with a move to the Emirates, although the Gunners boss claims that the Bulgarian is not someone that has been considered, with the former Tottenham forward currently plying his trade at Fulham.
It appears that Wenger will wait to hear how long Bendtner is out injured before deciding whether to take a plunge in the transfer market, with the Dane sustaining an injury following his late goal against Cardiff on New Year’s Day.
“He [Berbatov] 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,” the Arsenal manager said.
“We are just analysing the situation, being very cautious until we are well informed about Bendtner and [Yaya] Sanogo as well, because he is back in training now. We will make a decision after that.”
Wenger continued: “It depends on how long he (Bendtner) will be out for. But I don’t want to go into any speculation on any specific name because that would not help where the player plays at the moment and would be disrespectful to the player’s club.
“At the moment we are just considering our options. I must confess they are quite restricted. I don’t rule anything out, but first I have to assess well our internal situations with the injuries and the players coming back.”
Arsenal face Tottenham in the FA Cup on Saturday evening, with Lukas Podolski likely to lead the line for the Gunners, while Theo Walcott can play in an advanced position.