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Arsenal boss Wenger plans move for striker in January

Robin van Persie
Van Persie has established himself as a key man for club and country

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confirmed he wants to sign a new striker in the January transfer window - but insists he will not be held to ransom.

The Gunners are without striker Robin van Persie, who has been ruled out for five months because of an ankle injury.

Bordeaux's Marouane Chamakh and Italy Under-21 star Mario Balotelli have been linked with moves to the Emirates.

"We will be out on the market that is for sure - however, we will only make a decision if it suits us," said Wenger.

Van Persie - who has netted eight times in 11 matches this season - underwent surgery to reconstruct his ankle ligaments following an injury sustained in action for the Netherlands on 14 November.


Arsenal are also without Nicklas Bendtner, who has been absent for three weeks after recuperating from an operation on a groin injury.

However, the Denmark international could return to action within the next two weeks.

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Van Persie faces five months out
28 Nov 09 |  Arsenal
Bendtner faces four-week lay-off
31 Oct 09 |  Arsenal
Van Persie signs new Arsenal deal
08 Jul 09 |  Arsenal
Arsenal hit by Van Persie injury
21 Jan 07 |  Arsenal
Arsenal hit by Van Persie injury
10 Jan 06 |  Arsenal
Arsenal sign Van Persie
28 Apr 04 |  Arsenal

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