Wenger admits he may need to buy

Arsene Wenger has admitted that the extent of Theo Walcott’s injury may force his hand in this month’s transfer window.

The Gunners, who are no strangers to an injury crisis, are once again low on numbers with only North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur currently having more first team players on the side-lines.

The club have constantly been linked with moves for attacking players over the past six months, and now Wenger may finally have to make a move as the club challenge on three fronts.

They are currently two points clear at the top of the Premier League, have drawn Coventry City in the fourth round of the FA Cup and face reigning European champions Bayern Munich in the last sixteen of the Champions League next month.

The club have been linked with moves for Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata, Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa and Jackson Martinez of Porto, while Juventus forward Sebastian Giovinco is the latest to be added to the list, according to the Metro.

The Italy international has fallen out of favour with the Serie A champions following the arrivals of Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez in the summer, making just eight league appearances this season, with the majority of those coming as a substitute.