Arsenal weekend round-up: Szczesny in dig at Spurs, Monreal linked with exit

All the Arsenal weekend news from The Emirates Stadium.

Arsene Wenger has stated he has no intention of buying a striker in January. With the return of Theo Walcott, the imminent recovery of Lukas Podolski and Yaya Sanogo back in action from January Wenger feels they have adequate cover up top.

But Wenger did rule one thing out - The Gunners will not be bidding for Karim Benzema of Real Madrid. When asked on the subject Wenger simply responded:

"I don't think that's a good idea."

Theo Walcott returned for Arsenal yesterday afternoon - as two goals from Olivier Giroud gave them the win against his former club Southampton.

Walcott entered the fray in the 70th minute - taking the place of Santi Cazorla and Wenger said that patience is the key to his recovery:

“He has been out for seven weeks. You could see he is still a bit short physically, but he has not played at all for seven weeks and only one day training with the group, so that will come back quickly.”

Walcott himself has been speaking about his return:

“It will take a couple of games, but I am sure I will be back to my best very soon. It has been longer than I thought, but it is so good to be back out on the pitch with the guys and playing in such a fantastic team.”

Cazorla meanwhile has been looking ahead to the Champions League game with Marseille. If Dortmund fail to win against Napoli and Arsenal beat the Ligue 1 side the Gunners advance to the final 16 - and considering Marseille’s lowly position in the table the Gunners go into the game as huge favourites.

However the Spanish midfield wizard insists that they must take the game seriously:

Nacho Monreal is being linked with a move away from The Emirates this winter. The Spanish international has been sitting on the bench for the majority of the campaign - as Kieran Gibbs has starred at left-back.

Athletic Bilbao are said to be interested in bringing the Basque national back to the North of Spain.

North London rivals Tottenham lost 6-0 to Manchester City today … and goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny could not help but have a dig at the team.

He posted on Facebook…

"Wonderful scenes at The Etihad..."

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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