Arsene Wenger admits that Theo Walcott’s season-ending ACL injury increases the pressure on him to sign further attacking back-up during the transfer window but again stressed that it won’t be an easy task.
Underlining that his midfield – and in particular rising-star Serge Gnabry – can cover for Walcott on the flanks, the boss intimated that any new face would be recruited as back-up for Olivier Giroud and the currently sidelined Nicklas Bendtner.
Speaking to Arsenal Player about his plans for the January window (for the umpteenth time) Wenger touched on how the club’s latest injury blow could affect his plans.
“[Walcott’s injury] has accelerated speculation first and of course my desire as well – but let’s not forget about Serge Gnabry who can play in the first team.
“We have Oxlade-Chamberlain back and we have many other players who can play on the flanks so to find better solutions than what we have internally will not be easy.
“Up front we lose Theo as a potential central forward and that’s maybe where we have to look outside. But we hopefully have Bendtner back in three weeks. We are there for the opportunities but it’s very difficult at the moment.”
As things stand there are no ‘high-profile’ striker targets seriously being linked with the club (we’re ignoring the Diego Costa stuff because that’s a pipe dream) so it seems much more likely that our scouts are on the lookout for a short-term option.
In other news, Yaya Sanogo and Ju-Young Park are getting really good at table tennis. The pair, who’ve struck up an unlikely partnership because nobody else talks to them, have been dubbed the ‘Colney Globepongers’ by Vic Akers and are understood to be weighing up an offer from Siegfried & Roy who are eager to incorporate their special-brand of showboating bat action into their Las Vegas show.