Wenger waiting on Bendtner scan

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he will buy a striker in January – but only if Nicklas Bendtner fails to recover from injury soon.

The Gunners are enduring an injury crisis in attack with the Dane sidelined with a hernia, Dutch forward Robin van Persie out until at least April with ankle ligament damage and captain Cesc Fabregas hampered by a hamstring problem.

Bendtner has not played for Arsenal since October 31 in their 3-0 win over North London rivals Spurs, with Russian playmaker Andrei Arshavin often having to fill in as a makeshift front-man.

And although Wenger has been linked with several forwards - including Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh and West Ham’s Carlton Cole - the Frenchman insists the prognosis on Bendtner will determine how seriously he steps up his chase for new a recruit before the end of the month.

"There is no way we can carry on with only one striker," he said.

"The real test will be in the next two weeks with the projection on Bendtner.

"If he is out for two months, there is no way we can cope. We will need someone, absolutely.

"We look anyway and if we find a good bargain, we will still do it."