By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger is considering whether to dip into the transfer market as injury problems continue to pile up at Emirates Stadium.

The Arsenal manager lost Robin van Persie to a broken metatarsal last weekend and was without five other first-team players for Sunday's FA Cup draw with Bolton - Emmanuel Eboue, William Gallas, Johan Djourou, Freddie Ljungberg and Alexander Hleb.

Julio Baptista joined the list of walking wounded after picking up a groin problem against Bolton, prompting journalists at the post-match press conference to ask Wenger whether he is tempted to make a move before the transfer window shuts on Wednesday night.

"That's a good question but I cannot give you an answer. I don't think so," replied the Frenchman. "We have lost Van Persie and now we will see what Baptista has.

"At the moment for us it is important not to lose too many players. First of all you want your good players to be with you and we have important games coming up.

"If we continue to lose players I will have to choose what we go for. We will check Baptista now, he has a groin problem, but we hope it's not too bad and he can play on Wednesday."

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Chris Harris 29 Jan 2007