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No Gunners bid for Anelka

29 Jul 2007 - 13:02:50

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has not ruled out the possibility of Nicolas Anelka returning to the club later this summer.

The French striker enjoyed a successful 2006-07 campaign with Bolton Wanderers and has been linked with the Gunners as Wenger looks to increase his attacking options.

But speaking after his side's pre-season friendly against Paris St Germain, Wenger said: "At the moment, I have not made any offer for Anelka.

"I felt we had the strikers we needed, and also I wanted a player like Eduardo, who can play on the flanks and with (Emmanuel) Adebayor, or with (Robin) van Persie.

"That's why we have gone for Eduardo, and it was more a question of choice rather than the quality of Anelka, because I rate him very highly.

"It was just we have others who play in the same position."

Bolton boss Sammy Lee has also revealed that he has received no bids for Anelka, saying: "We are well aware of the speculation about him, but he was rested for the game (against Tranmere) due to a recurrence of a foot injury which he sustained in Korea last week.

"We did not want to risk him by playing him. It is all about getting him fit and ready for the Newcastle United game next month.

"If he is fit he will play against Espanyol on Wednesday, but we will only play him if he is fit to do so."


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