By Giuseppe Muro
Arsène Wenger has said he is happy with his striking options despite having three first-team forwards unavailable for selection.
Arsenal's front-line has been depleted with Robin van Persie (ankle), Theo Walcott (ankle) and Nicklas Bendtner (groin) all out through injury, but the manager believes he has enough strength in depth to cope.
On Thursday Wenger told Arsenal.com that he expects the Dane to be the first of the trio to return - in three to four weeks.
Despite this, the Frenchman has declared his confidence in the strikers he does have available.
"I'm happy with the options," Wenger said, speaking at his pre-match press conference on Friday. "We still have Carlos Vela coming back now in a good shape along with Chamakh and Arshavin."
However, Wenger is expecting his midfield players to chip in with their share of goals. "We have offensive players like Fabregas, Rosicky and Nasri so we have plenty of players who can score goals," said Wenger. "They are all creative players in midfield."
Wenger also stressed the importance of keeping his players fit going into a busy couple of months competing both on a domestic and European front.
"It's important that we go into months when we play game after game not to lose any more players."Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 10 Sep 2010