Arsenal not interested in Berbatov – Wenger

The Gunners will be without a striker for the visit of Spurs on Saturday but their French manager has denied he has considered a move for the Fulham star

Arsene Wenger denied Arsenal have made a move for Fulham’s Dimitar Berbatov in an effort to solve the club’s striker crisis.

Injuries to Olivier Giroud, Nicklas Bendtner and Yaya Sanogo have left the Premier League leaders without a fully fit senior striker ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup third round tie against north London rivals Tottenham.

Former Manchester United and Tottenham star Berbatov had reportedly been one of the names Wenger had been considered capable of providing cover, but Wenger poured cold water on the idea of the Bulgarian moving to the Emirates Stadium this month.

He said: “[Berbatov] is not a name we have considered at the moment. We have not contacted anybody.

“We are just considering our options. I must confess they are quite restricted.”

Despite the Gunners’ busy schedule of late and Wenger’s track record of having rested his key men for domestic cup competitions, the Frenchman insists he will pick his strongest possible line-up for the visit of Spurs who look rejuvenated under the management of Tim Sherwood.

“We want to win the next game, that is vital for us and I would only rest players who could get injured,” added Wenger, who could welcome back Mesut Ozil should he pass a fitness test due to take place on Friday.

“In this case I consider this game a top level Premier League game, I have to treat it like that. The FA Cup is an opportunity we want to take, we can give absolutely everything in this game.

“I had the luck to win four FA Cups and I’m keen for us to win it again.”

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