Arsène Wenger will be “on alert” in the January transfer window but he says the squad depth at the Club means he is relaxed about the situation.

Many observers have insisted Arsenal need another striker if they are to maintain their position at the top of the Premier League.

But Wenger is confident he already has the options at his disposal - although he is prepared to move if the right target becomes available.

“At the start [of the season] we gambled on Sanogo, who has been injured until now,” he said. “I thought he could come in for some games and help us but of course he has not been fit at all.

We are like many clubs: certainly on alert if something special turns up and we will not turn it down, but we are not desperate because we have a big depth in our squad

Arsène Wenger

“Nobody knows what will happen because Bendtner is coming back into good shape now and Podolski is back, so we have a bit more choice up front.

“We are like many clubs: certainly on alert if something special turns up and we will not turn it down, but we are not desperate because we have a big depth in our squad.

“We have shown that because our midfield for example at West Ham and at Newcastle was completely different. We changed three players and we still managed to have a very strong team.”

Wenger insists that even if he does bring in a striker in January, he has been delighted with Olivier Giroud’s impact this season.

“We have to give him credit for one thing, that physically he has coped with it until now in a remarkable way and with a fantastic combative attitude,” he said.

“If we are out there [on the market] - and I don't know if we will do something or not - it's not to replace Olivier Giroud - we have a great confidence in him.”

Copyright 2014 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 Rob Kelly 31 Dec 2013