Arsenal currently find themselves dangerously short of options up front, with their first-choice front man Olivier Giroud and his back-up Nicklas Bendtner both out injured. French international Giroud injured his ankle in Arsenal’s 1-0 win at Newcastle, and thus missed their New Year’s Day win against Cardiff City.
Bendtner deputized for him and he too injured himself right after breaking the deadlock in that game right at the very end. He hobbled off the pitch, causing a serious headache for Wenger, whose side prepare for the visit of cross-town rivals Tottenham today in the FA Cup. They are without their 2 strikers, and will be forced to play either Lukas Podolski or Theo Walcott in that vacant central position.
Many have identified a serious need for Arsenal to buy a striker in the current transfer window to gain strength in depth and if they harbor ambitions to maintain their sustained challenge for silverware. They have done well thus far and sit at the top of the league table, but that could be under serious threat if they fail to bring in suitable reinforcements.
Giroud is expected to be back soon, but the time frame for Bendtner’s injury is still unknown. As a result, Wenger has revealed that he will have no choice but to go shopping for a striker if the Dane is out for a long time, claim Eurosport. He said, “If it is a question of up to three weeks, okay, but if it is a question of months (then) the situation is quite (different), so that is what we have to determine,”
“We don’t rule anything out.
“If Bendtner is out for a long time, that is the obvious position. We (would) have to (buy).”
A January signing for Arsenal all depends on a medical report which rumours suggest will reveal a month on the sidelines for Bendtner. Do you see Wenger going for a striker this month?