Arsenal: Wenger plays down Berbatov swoop

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Arsene Wenger is waiting to hear the full extent of Nicklas Bendtner’s ankle injury before deciding whether to make a move for a new striker, but has played down talk linking him with Dimitar Berbatov.

The Gunners have mainly relied on Olivier Giroud in the first half of the season with Bendtner playing a supporting role but the Dane picked up a knock against Cardiff and could now be facing a spell on the sidelines.

Rumours have been rife that Wenger will try and sign another striker in January to boost Arsenal’s title chances but the Frenchman appears to be in no rush.

That could change if Bendtner is ruled out for any length of time, but Wenger has quelled talk suggesting that Fulham star Berbatov could be heading to the Emirates Stadium in a £2million deal.

“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,” he 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.

“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.”

Berbatov has made it clear he would like to leave the struggling Cottagers in the window and there will be no shortage of clubs willing to make a move for the Bulgarian.

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