Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger conceded that the club may need to bring in reinforcements during the January transfer window.
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The North London club have powered to the top of the table during the first-half of the season, but have had to endure a spate of injuries to a number of first-team stars.
And after striker Nicklas Bendtner became the latest to fall victim to a potential long-term injury, Wenger admitted he may have to use the transfer window to bring some new faces.
Bendtner, back-up to starting striker Olivier Giroud, sprained his ankle in the process of scoring against Cardiff City on New Year’s day.
“If it is a question of up to three weeks, okay, but if it is a question of months (then) the situation is quite (different), so that is what we have to determine,” said Wenger
“We don't rule anything out. If Bendtner is out for a long time, that is the obvious position. We (would) have to (buy).
“Honestly, you want to keep your chances in the season at the best possible level. Is it for short term or a stop-gap? Ideally, you want a longer solution, but a longer solution looks much more difficult to find in January than a short gap.
“You can find a solution somewhere - a club that has financial trouble and wants to get rid of a big contract for five or six months, but to find in January exactly the player who will be tomorrow's star on the longer term is much more difficult.”
Information from the Press Association was used in this report.