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1 Agustus 2008

Arsenal Not In The Market For Strikers - Wenger

The north London side have been linked with the likes of Roque Santa Cruz, Obafemi Martins and Klaas Jan Huntelaar since the end of last season, but the Gunners boss has discredited such rumours by insisting that he is not actually looking to bolster the existing front-line.

"We are not as short of strikers as people thought," he told the club's official website.

"We have Vela, who has integrated well into the team, and Bendtner was a force at the end of last season. He will confirm that again this year.

"In all the areas in total we are perhaps one player short. But up front we don't need anyone."

As Wenger was keen to point out, Mexican prodigy Carlos Vela has looked razor sharp during pre-season so far and looks to have already formed an excellent understanding with other existing strikers such as Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott. The hugely promising 19-year-old was actually officially signed by Arsenal three summers ago but was immediately loaned out to Salamanca and Osasuna due to work permit problems.

Last season's top gunner Emmanuel Adebayor is also looking increasingly likely to stay now, having been heavily linked with AC Milan and Barcelona since the start of the summer, while one of the revelations of the last campaign Eduardo should be back available following his horrific injury by mid-October.

Derek Wanner,