By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger has a very good reason for not buying a striker during the transfer window - the players who have caught his eye have not been available.

The Arsenal manager has been linked with a string of forwards ever since he suggested he would enter the market in the wake of Robin van Persie’s long-term injury.

Sol Campbell made a shock return to the Club in January but the predicted striker signing has not yet materialised. That has been a source of frustration to those who feel Arsenal need reinforcements to push for the title, but Wenger has had his hands tied by circumstances.

“It is not only about wanting to buy, it is to find better players than what you have available and we haven’t until now. It is as simple as that,” he said.

“You always want to add a [Cristiano] Ronaldo if you can, but is he available and where is he?

“Marouane Chamakh is not available because he is playing with Bordeaux and Bordeaux don't want to release him. David Villa as well, Valencia don't want to let him go.”

Nicklas Bendtner’s return from a long-term groin problem has at least bumped up the number of striking options available to Wenger as Arsenal challenge for honours at home and in Europe in the coming months.

And in the absence of a new recruit, the Frenchman will trust his current squad to provide the requisite quality.

“I believe as well the extra push can come within the Club and the easy solution is always to look outside,” said Wenger.

“When you look deeply at what is happening to us, we have the best attack in the League; we scored more goals than anybody else. That means at least if you can do that for the first 20 or 21 games, why not in the other 18?”

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30 Jan 2010