By Giuseppe Muro

Arsène Wenger admits he may allow Carlos Vela to go out on loan in January.

The striker has had limited opportunities this season and the manager feels a short-term deal to get him playing time is the best option.

Summer signing Marouane Chamakh has led the Arsenal attack impressively so far and with Nicklas Bendtner back among the goals and Robin van Persie returning to full fitness, Wenger has an abundance of striking options.

Vela has been the one to suffer, with just three starts and eight substitute appearances to his name so far.

“Some offensive players don’t play games like Carlos Vela. If he can get games somewhere else we will loan him out,” said the Frenchman.

“Not sell him, loan him out because he needs to play. He is a top quality player and at the moment we have too many strikers.

“He does not get the games he deserves. He has an opportunity that I let him go somewhere.”

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