Arsenal’s chief scout Brian McDermott has revealed there will be no top class strikers available in January transfer window for the Gunners to make a bid.

Arsenal were linked with a move for French striker Karim Benzema back in the summer but the bid was unsuccessful apparently. Like the past two-three transfer windows, the Real Madrid star was once again linked with a transfer to the Emirates during the summer. Wenger identified the striker as the primary target but a successful deal never materialised. Moreover, the striker recently revealed he is still quite amused by the never ending speculation, confirming he has no intention of leaving the Spanish capital right now.

Wenger only managed to sign one player during the summer transfer window and that is Petr Cech from Chelsea. The Gunners have rumoured to be shown interest specifically in Gonzalo Higuain, Edinson Cavani, Hakan Calhanoglu and Anthony Modeste in last 2-3 weeks.

But McDermott now admits Arsenal supporters don’t have to get their hopes up about bringing in world class star this winter.

“Generally it’s a good squad. He signed a fantastic goalkeeper,” he told Sky Sports.

“The manager won’t spend unless he thinks it’s absolutely necessary.

“The scouting structure at Arsenal is phenomenal.

“We all know who the top strikers in the world are. Can you get them to come? They won’t be available in January that’s an absolute certainty.”

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger now has no other choice but to continue his experiments with the existing forward options, playing Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud, as Danny Welbeck is said to be out of action until at least January next year.

He is now considering, using left back Kieran Gibbs as an emergency winger. It can solve the problem by bringing in Gibbs to play in front of first choice left-back Nacho Monreal and place Alexis Sanchez over to the right wing.

Wenger believes the Gunners have sustained a bad luck in recent encounters with injuries, but he is confident about the rest of his team.

He said: “There is always a question we have to answer when we have injuries. We have to analyse every single case and every single exercise, although I think you also have to not over-analyse when players are injured. When a player is injured, they are injured, this has always happened.”

Arsenal could reach the top of the league table if they win against Swansea and now leaders Manchester City drop points with Norwich.



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