Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger has revealed that he is wary of signing a striker in January and insists that the returning duo of Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski can do a job for the Gunners.

The Frenchman is sceptical of the quality of talent available in the January market and is unwilling to spend money on players for the sake of it. The Gunners are extremely short on attack with only Olivier Giroud available to lead the line for the north London club this season. Nicklas Bendtner can be called in as backup but his performances over the length of this season has failed to inspire confidence which has made Arsenal fans restless, given that they have a viable chance of challenging for the title this season.

The Gunners have been linked with a move for Fernando Llorente, Javier Hernandez and Karim Benzema to name a few, but are unlikely to be available in January. Wenger had tried his level best to bring in Luis Suarez from Liverpool last summer but the Reds' stand to keep the player at Anfield scuppered the move. However, the Gunners did well following the setback, bringing in Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid for a staggering £42.5m fee.

"Theo gives us qualities that other players haven't got. It's a different option. Theo also gives us an opportunity to be a mobile striker. If we lose Giroud today we have nobody with body weight up front," Wenger said in an interview.

"I think we can win the title without signing a striker. Podolski is not back but he shouldn't be too far now. They make it less critical to sign a striker.

"Look I am not against it (January signing). I don't say I never make a mistake - I certainly made some. Sometimes it is because we didn't sign the right player.

"It is always difficult in the middle of the season. If somebody is doing well somewhere the clubs do not necessarily want to sell him. They can wait until the end of the season. Most of the time it is because we didn't find," he concluded.