Arsenal Transfer News: Arsene Wenger Says Arsenal Need Another Striker

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IINovember 23, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10:  Arsene Wenger of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Fulham at Emirates Stadium on November 10, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images,)
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has given the strongest indication that the North London club will pursue another attacker over the upcoming January winter transfer window—telling reporters that he thinks the club need another attacker.

Speaking out after the Gunners booked their place in the final 16 of the UEFA Champions League, the veteran manager stated that a mix of injuries and players unavailable for selection will most likely force the club into buying another striker this winter.

Per Goal:

I just spoke about [a move for Thierry Henry] because people asked me.

I said I don't rule it out because he's in good shape, but I haven't made up my mind yet [about whether to try and sign him or not].

We are looking maybe at a striker, because Gervinho goes to the African Nations Cup.

Gervinho is one of the few players who can play both in midfield and up front for the Gunners, with German international Lukas Podolski the other known striker.

With Gervinho out, Arsenal would be left with just Podolski, Theo Walcott and French international Olivier Giroud up front—so you can understand why Wenger is keen to bring another player into the mix at the Emirates, particularly with many competitions currently being played by the Gunners.

So who are the players most likely to be considered by the North London club about a possible move over the January transfer window?

As mentioned by Wenger above, former Gunner Thierry Henry was being touted as a potential loan target by the club, but it is unlikely that he will return.

According to Fox Sports, Henry's current club New York Red Bulls are reluctant to let the Gunners legend return to his former club on loan, stating that they "wouldn't be too positive" about their letting their star striker leave the club.

Schalke striker Klaas-Jun Huntelaar also looks set to snub a move to Arsenal over the winter transfer window, with the German club dismissing speculation that they would let their striker leave before the end of the current season (per Goal).

Two players that do seem to be on the Gunners' transfer radar are Adrian Lopez and Kevin Strootman—both of whom are excellent attacking options.

Strootman is believed to be allowed to leave PSV Eindhoven this January (per The Metro), and whilst he isn't an out-and-out striker like Giroud or even Lopez, he would be another strong addition into the Gunners midfield—potentially allowing Podolski to spend more time up front if necessary.

Wenger is also thought to be interested in signing Lopez in a deal around £15 million, after reportedly making the striker their top transfer priority (per Goal).

The Atletico Madrid striker would become the top striker at the club should Radamel Falcao leave over the summer, but with a £14.6 million release clause thought to be in his contract, Wenger could make a deal that entices the Spanish international to leave the club.

Who the Gunners will sign this winter will no doubt continue to be a topic of much discussion and debate, with any moves likely to be impacted by what takes place in the Premier League and their squad over the next month or so.

What is clear, is that Arsenal do need another attacking option to add into the fold this season—particularly if they want to claim that top-four spot again this year.


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