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Arsenal short on options – Wenger

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says they will be looking to strengthen in the transfer window as he believes they are short of options.

The Gunners are without seven of their first-team stars, including the likes of midfielders Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin, Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere who are all sidelined.

Wenger has received some positive news about Alexis Sanchez’s injury and hopes the Chilean will be available for the clash against Manchester City on Monday.

However, as the Gunners sit nicely behind leaders Leicester City and are still involved in the Champions League after securing a last-16 encounter with Barcelona, the Frenchman has indicated that they are actively seeking out players who can strengthen the side.

Arsenal have been linked with a number of players, including Borussia Monchengladbach’s Swiss international Granit Xhaka and Rennes right back Aissa Mandi.

“We are open-minded and not the only ones that can decide on the speed of transfers,” Wenger told reporters. “We have to adapt to availabilities, but we are open to do something because we are short.”

On Wednesday, Mesut Ozil was lauded by Jack Wilshere, with the Gunners midfielder admitting he was a special player to play beside. The Germany international has been in impressive form, creating 13 assists this season and Wenger hailed the 27-year-old’s progress.

“Ozil is the main provider in the team and the league, 13 assists. Players who can make you score are very difficult to find and have something special,” Wenger said.

“But people forget that he is an exceptional fighter as he runs much more and has added runs into the box now. He has become an absolutely unbelievable player.”

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