Wenger rejects Anelka talk

20 July 2007 11:11
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has ruled out attempting to re-sign Nicolas Anelka or any other striker as a replacement for Thierry Henry. Wenger had been rumoured to be interested in the Bolton Wanderers striker following Henry's £16million departure to Barcelona last month. The France international helped the Gunners achieve a league and cup double during the 1998/99 campaign before being sold on to Real Madrid, but Wenger is not looking to bring him back to the north London club. Wenger is happy with his acquisition of Croatia striker Eduardo da Silva and doesn't expect any more forwards to arrive before the new season kicks off next month. When asked if there was any truth in the Anelka link, he told the club's official website: "No. We have signed Eduardo. We don't collect strikers, we buy the strikers we need. "This season, we also expect Nicklas Bendnter to step forward and show us some aspects of his talent." Anelka netted 28 times in 90 appearances for the Gunners before being sold on to Real Madrid for £23million in 1999. The 28-year-old has since spent time at Paris St German, Liverpool, Manchester City and Fenerbahce.

Source: ESA