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Arsene Wenger has admitted his side will be in need of a front-man next month, but he is unlikely to add anyway.
With the prolific form Robin van Persie is in, Wenger has rarely turned to a different option upfront in Premier League games despite media accusations of being too reliant on the Dutchman.
Marouane Chamakh and summer signing Park-Chu Young are the only genuine options as central forwards behind Van Persie, but Wenger is willing to count teenager Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and the much-maligned Andrey Arshavin among his choices upfront.
Also included by the Frenchman is Ivorian regular Gervinho who will be joining Chamakh on duty at the 2012 African Cup of Nations in January, but Wenger, who has hinted he may shop for a new striker, is currently counting on using a couple of his attacking wingers as forwards should Van Persie need a rest during the new year’s busy run of fixtures.
“The problem for us is we lose Chamakh in January, we lose Gervinho in January, and offensively we will be a bit short. However, we have Arshavin, we have [Oxlade]-Chamberlain, who has made great progress already, who can come in.” Wenger said.
“If there is an opportunity there with somewhere why not? We have Park also, now his adaptation period is over, we will see much more from him in the second half of the season.”