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Wenger seeks firepower as Wolfsburg eye Rosicky

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted he may have to buy a new forward in next month’s transfer window.

The Gunners have turned their season around following seven wins from the last eight Premier League matches, to move back into contention for the top four.

Much of that success has been built on the 19 goals from Robin van Persie.

With Ivory Coast forward Gervinho and Morocco striker Marouane Chamakh set to be away at the African Nations Cup early next year, Wenger accepts his back-up options up front will be stretched.

Arsenal have plenty of cash reserves should Wenger wish to strengthen the squad, and the Gunners boss will keep an eye out, especially as his Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky has been linked with a move to German side Wolfsburg.

“We lose players like Chamakh and Gervinho to the Africa Cup of Nations so hopefully, touch wood, we do not get any injuries to our strikers. But if an opportunity turns up in that department then we will buy,” Wenger said. The Arsenal manager, however, feels the current financial climate is “a bit special”.

Wenger continued: “Economically, the whole environment has changed and people suffer more. The clubs will suffer more financially and it's much more difficult.

“Maybe we will have some opportunities because we are in a good financial situation.”

Sochaux midfielder Kevin Anin is said to be on Wenger's radar, alongside Anderlecht's Luca Biglia, but the latter is said to favour a move to Italy.

Wolfsburg are interested in signing Rosicky and Bayern Munich forward Ivica Olic as they seek to turn their season around after the winter break, coach Felix Magath said today.

Magath, who led Wolfsburg to their first Bundesliga title in 2009, has had a far less successful second stint after joining late last season.

Wolfsburg are currently in 14th place, two points above the drop zone.