'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.


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