By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger admits he is more likely to enter the transfer market next month in the wake of Cesc Fabregas' knee injury.

The Spanish midfielder will be sidelined for up to four months after suffering medial ligament damage during Sunday's 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Emirates Stadium.

Wenger was already considering his options ahead of the January transfer window and, at his pre-match press conference, the Frenchman accepted that his hand might be forced by his captain's absence. However, he poured cold water over media reports linking Russian forward Andrei Arshavin with a move to Arsenal.

"Yes [I am more likely to buy], but we also have internal solutions so we are not desperate because of that," said Wenger. "Now we have a big game in front of us and before January anyway I believe it is more important to focus on our games.

"At the moment no one is going out and no one is coming in. That gives you a perfect answer! And I don't feel any need to speak about that [the Arshavin speculation] because at the moment that is not a realistic solution."

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23 Dec 2008