Aug 26

‘We need one more striker because Bendtner will leave’, admits Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that the club are in the market for a new striker, because he ‘knows’ frontman Nicklas Bendtner will leave before the transfer window closes next Wednesday.

A move out of the Emirates Stadium has been mooted for the 23-year-old striker since the end of last season, with several enquries already being made for the Dane this summer.

“We look for one more striker because we know he [Bendtner] will leave and we will be short”, Wenger told reporters in his Friday press conference.

Bendtner’s departure would leave Arsenal with just three natural strikers; Robin van Persie, Theo Walcott and Marouane Chamakh, although youngsters Ryo Miyaichi, Joel Campbell and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are more less-proven options upfront.

Meanwhile, the Gunners have had a bid rejected by Bolton for defender Gary Cahill who is in the final year of his contract with Owen Coyle’s team.

Trotters boss Coyle said earlier today the two clubs are a big distance apart in terms of their valuation of Cahill.


31 Responses to “‘We need one more striker because Bendtner will leave’, admits Wenger”

  1. athlon29 says:

    It must be a little bit cheaper option for the bench, so I’d count with Zarate or Hugo Rodallega. We need to focus on the midfielld, too. The CD-issue will be decided only in the last few hours

  2. MattK says:

    Di Natale anyone? We know he wants Champions League football and he’s a lethal finisher

  3. Up to when? am telling you this guy is buying nobody this summer and nothing seem to be positive on Arsenal’s website.

  4. Emmanuel says:

    Wenger pls buy cahil

  5. Al says:

    I think he will sign nobody, hope he proves me wrong though.
    cahill, m´vila and a top cf would be sweet but i no longer believe in AW

  6. Prof says:


  7. Arselicked says:

    Bendtner leaving is good news. I wasn’t impressed with him while he was at Birmingham (loan), i’m still not impressed. No pace, no strength, poor first touch and needs 5 chances to score one goal. We have played too many times with strikers that are not good enough. Dudu and Ade were better.

    AW please, not HUGO RODALLEGA or SALOMON KALOU. Get someone with power, and who can force an issue. Drogba will do for me. He is old but i think in 2 years time one of Theo, Vela, Wellington, Miyaichi, Campbell, Afobe and Freeman would have shown us something good.

  8. thundertinygooner says:

    And he’s cup tied!

  9. soul says:

    @MattK: No chance he willretire at U@thundertinygooner: Nope lost so not for group stage. He never leave he is 30 and is Ud

  10. But DI NATALE has already featured in Champions League with Udinese he will be cup tied. why not the likes of Facao

  11. krillegooner says:

    Great news!
    This means that wenger is actually gona sign three players before the window closes…a center half as arsenal have made a bid for cahill today, an striker mentioned above and the a replacement for cesc/nasri! A very busy next week but I’m looking forward to it with delight!!

  12. ilyas says:

    di natale is already cup tied, and we need more than one coz in january gerv and chamakh are going to the african cup of nations(afcon 2012) and we will be left with RVP only with vela on a season long loan

  13. MattK says:

    Ok so he might be cup tied but would you rather Di Natale in domestic competitions only or Hugo Rodellega just because he can also play in the champions league?

  14. believe me if he is signing anyone then they will be cheaper French players.

  15. Scott says:

    Guys,you know 100% Di Natale will never happen,he is 33,so why bother discussing it?

  16. arshav says:

    di natale is not cup tied as ud failed to qualify for group stage of ucl

  17. AFC Fan says:

    (DI NATALE) Not that I want him… but because Udinese are now knocked out of the Champions League, before it has officially started… he is therefore considered NOT cup tied… and can play for a Champions League team… i.e. if Nasri played for us and we were knocked out… then he could still play for Man City in the competition…

  18. K says:

    @Gerald Nthala: Falcao went to Atletico madrid for 40m euros + 7m in add ons (price according to reports)after they sold aguero to shitty

  19. ziggy says:

    Everyone keeps going on about Cahill and Jag. Wake up guys, they are not worth the money being demanded, honestly can anyone say they are better than our starting cb,s if fit? Samba is something different.we play a high line and both have no pace.Kos has now got used to PL and has got much better.Jag and Cahill have been found wanting already.Aw gets criticised for not buying English and when he tries to the prices quoted are not realistic.The hypocritical media complain about England not benefiting but also complain when he buys Young English potentials.A year ago he was criticised for playing an 18 y/o Wilshere now England panic when he’s not available. Let Wenger do his job. Some fans called Vieira a Carlton Palmer at the time.Parlour was a wastep of time but came good under AW. Who knew Angela when he replaced Wrighty? He was 19.Song was useless. Basically Enger is useless. Guys lets support the team and it will come good. We have no corrupt oil money to offer 150000/ week for average players like some teams and buying for the sake of it gguarantees nothing.See Spurs?Liverpool almost Bankrupt in last 3 years. All these clubs target Aw’s targets and gazump us unless they are not good enough Cahill/Jag? See my point?

  20. Dems87 says:

    Di Natale don’t want to move from Udine….last year has rejected an offer from Juventus….
    We should buy SOW or CISSE !!!!
    for midfielder why not Sneijder?? with 35m it’s done!!!

  21. GunnerMacedonia says:

    this is good, but i wish i could see bentner feature in the man united game. just to compare him with chamakh.
    dont know who arsene has in mind, but i just hope him to be better than chamakh and bentner. with a cb, dm and striker i guess we are ready for the whole season

  22. Henning says:

    @MattK: He can’t play for Arsenal in the CL.

  23. WillyG says:

    Di Natale is cup-tied, as would Nasri if he were to play last Wednesday night and Arsenal lost. Doesn’t matter if it’s Udine doesn’t make it to the Group stages.

  24. Nasgunners says:

    I see him buying atleast four players they are cahill,m’villa,cesc replacement and either rodallega or zarate if he didnot buy any between these two then maybe gignac or sow

  25. AFC Fan says:

    WillyG – just checked and you are right – my information was incorrect – the guy who told me is sacked !!! either way do not want Di Natale

  26. WillyG says:

    I like Di Natale but I know Wenger would never go for a striker of that age, and furthermore Udinese would never sell a Seria A top scorer cheaply and Wenger is cheap.

  27. TrueGooner says:

    To be honest guys, I am not concern if we buy or not. I will support the team. Do I want a few new players? Yes. But if it doesn’t happen, I am prepare for the up and down of the season ahead. I have the feeling we will come good in a few years time. I want the younger players to play more. The afobes, Myichi, chamberlain Aneke, campbell, jenkinson, miguel etc and hopefully those on loans to get work permit. There playing more will only help there development and hopefully get them used to the league. I am sure a lot of them will come good. I hope the club focus on buying good talented youngsters and not just average english kids for the sake of pleasing the english media. You can’t spend billions every year on players without not feeling it sooner. Those big spending and wages will come to an end one day. Jag is overrated, Cahill is over priced. These players can’t even play for their own national team and they cost an arm and a leg.

  28. Layksite says:

    Can anyone tell me if campbell has been offered work permit. Cahil has only a year left on his contract. Dont 4get we sold clichy 4 only 7M because he has only a year left nd Martesaker is rated 6M 4 the same reason. How many of you know that Nasri is worth 40M. So what is special about english players? Do they play anythin other football??

  29. Kevin says:

    It looks like Park Chu Young is his replacement which isn’t bad because we were not really going to break the bank for a Benzema or Higuain.

  30. stetopgun says:

    what the deal with cahil i watched him today he cut a few balls out and apart from that he looked luzy im not sure cahil is the right one for us

  31. benno says:

    We need one more forward, two or three midfield, two left backs, one right back
    and three centre defenders, not to forget a new board and while we are writing a xmas list how about David Moyes or Owen Coyle.


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