Arsene Wenger has admitted that his transfer window plans are dependent on how serious the injury to Nicklas Bendtner turns out to be.
There are fears that the Dane could be out for months if he’s damaged ankle ligaments, but the club won’t have confirmation of how serious the problem is until later on Saturday.
Asked if a long-term problem to Bendtner would force his hand in the January window, the boss said, “If it’s a question of up to three weeks, okay, but if it’s a question of months the situation is quite … well, that’s what we have to determine.
“We would have to. You want to keep your chances for the season at the best possible level.”
The Frenchman earlier ruled out a move for Dimitar Berbatov, and while the name of Diego Costa is being bandied around by all and sundry, nobody seems to have considered the fact that an Atletico side fighting for the La Liga title would be more than reluctant to sell.
It means Wenger will have to look around for something short term, something he admits might be the best option in January.
“Ideally, you want a longer solution,” he said, “but a longer solution looks much more difficult to find in January than a stopgap.
“You can find a solution somewhere – a club that has financial trouble and wants to get rid of a big contract for five or six months but to find in January exactly the player who will be tomorrow’s star in the longer term is much more difficult.”