Friday, 3 January 2014

Premier League: Arsene Wenger refuses to be drawn on link with Fulham's Dimitar Berbatov

Arsene Wenger has refused to be drawn on reports linking Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov with a move to the Emirates.
The Arsenal manager could be tempted to play in the January transfer window with strikers Olivier Giroud and Nicklas Bendtner sidelined with ankle injuries.
Giroud missed the 2-0 victory over Cardiff, which maintained Arsenal's place atop the Premier League table, while Bendtner sprained his ankle shortly after scoring the game's opening goal.
Reports claimed Wenger was prepared to lodge a £2m bid for Berbatov and Arsenal youngster Yaya Sanogo even tweeted a 'welcome to Arsenal' message to the Bulgarian adding: 'You could fire us to the title'.
But speaking ahead of his side's FA Cup third-round tie against Tottenham Wenger denied any interest in the former Manchester United striker, although appeared to keep his options open.

"Dimitar Berbatov is a not a name we have considered, at the moment," he said.
"I don't want to go into speculation on any specific names as that would not help and would be disrespectful to the club where they are playing at the moment.
"We are just considering our options and I must confess they are quite restricted. We have not even been out in the transfer market, we have not contacted anybody.
"We are just analysing our own situation and, of course, being very cautious until we are well informed about Bendtner and Sanogo, who is back in training now. We will make a decision after that."
Of the game itself, the Frenchman revealed Giroud is 90 per cent likely to miss out while Kieran Gibbs and Aaron Ramsey are definitely sidelined.
However, he will give a late fitness test to midfielder Mesut Ozil, who sat out the festive victories over Newcastle and Cardiff with a shoulder injury, before finalising his line-up.

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