Wenger has stated that he will be looking for a striker as well as a defender and a midfielder. Due to the fact that Bendtner will almost definitely leave the club, the Arsenal strike force will be quite light. Our first choice striker, and club captain, Robin van Persie is clearly not going to be replaced. But unfortunately for the Dutchman, his injury record is not exactly brilliant. Hence, we need a quality backup. Apart from van Persie, the only other central striker we have is Marouane Chamakh, who has looked poor in recent weeks. Even if Chamakh does improve his form, it is likely that he will be unavailable during the African Cup of Nations. There is also the possibility of finally seeing Walcott in a more central role, but it is clear that Wenger still needs to buy.
Here’s what Wenger had to say:
“We are looking for one more striker because we know he [Bendtner] will leave.
“We will be short this season because we also have Chamakh leaving for the African Cup of Nations.”
Furthermore, as I said earlier, Bendtner has one foot out of the club, and his current ankle injury wont affect his transfer. Wenger said the following:
“He has an ankle problem. It is not a bad injury and not threatening, so he won’t be out for two months. But I cannot give you a day that he will be back.”
So who could Wenger bring in? Here is a list of possible transfers: Moussa Sow, Hazard, Damaio, Remy, Benzema and Podolski. Of course this list is not all encompassing. To be honest I would be happy with any of these players.
So we now need to buy a striker, a defender and a midfielder. In my opinion, this is the least that we need to do, to ensure that we challenge this year. We have already seen how depleted we are in midfield at the moment, and with a few more injuries to key players (RvP?), things could get really bad. However, if we do buy three quality squad/first team players, I will be content.