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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger denies Dimitar Berbatov interest

Updated: Friday, 03 Jan 2014 15:58 | Comments

Dimitar Berbatov could be available for a cut-price £2 million
Dimitar Berbatov could be available for a cut-price £2 million

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will wait to discover the extent of Nicklas Bendtner's ankle injury before deciding whether to bring in another striker during the January transfer window – but maintained Dimitar Berbatov is "not a name that we have considered at the moment".

The Barclays Premier League leaders host north London rivals Tottenham in the FA Cup third round on Saturday afternoon with something of a selection headache in attack.

Lead frontman Olivier Giroud missed the 2-0 win over Cardiff on New Year's Day because of an ankle problem and has also now been hit by a sickness bug.

Bendtner came off the bench to score with just two minutes left to finally break Cardiff's resistance, but suffered a sprained ankle when putting the ball past goalkeeper David Marshall and the club are awaiting results of a scan for a more detailed diagnosis.

Wenger openly admits Arsenal will not rule out a move for a top-calibre player should the opportunity arise this month.

Fulham forward Berbatov, 32, netted his third goal in as many appearances in the 2-1 win over West Ham at New Year's Day. The veteran Bulgarian has been touted as the ideal January addition for Arsenal and could be available for a cut-price £2 million.

However, while the former Spurs and Manchester United frontman may well fancy a move to the Emirates Stadium – with a link to a video suggesting he could boost the Gunners' title ambitions being posted on the forward's Facebook page – Wenger intends to keep his thoughts on potential transfer targets guarded.

"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," the Arsenal manager 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."

"At the moment we are just considering our options"

Wenger continued: "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.

"I must confess they are quite restricted; in the way that the players available can strengthen our squad are not on the road, they are all under contract, most of the clubs are in competitions where they need their best players.

"I don't rule anything out, but first I have to assess our internal situations with the injuries and the players coming back."

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