Wenger says £8m target 'well known' to Arsenal and is a 'true finisher'

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Arsene Wenger may have just revealed plans to make a move for Olympiakos striker Kostas Mitroglou.

Arsenal are said to be in the running for a striker this winter - with Olympiakos striker Kostas Mitroglou the obvious choice to act as back-up to Olivier Giroud considering his impressive form and relatively cheap price-tag.

Even the Olympiakos sporting director admitted this week that it would be very difficult to keep hold of the player in January considering his superb form.

But the rumour mill has also churned out tales of Wenger not being particulary keen on signing a striker in the winter - as Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski will soon return to full fitness.

However he is said to want a striker in the more physical mould to that of Giroud or Nicklas Bendtner - a role that Mitroglou certainly fits.

And now, Wenger himself has clarified his views on Mitroglou.

"As the Greek league is less on the front of the stage, there is less talk of Mitroglou. He is discovered that when playing international matches. At Arsenal, he is well known since we played Olympiakos in the Champions League. I'm happy for him because this is a guy who has both a physical presence and a sense of finishing…. This is a true finisher. He must try to evolve to a higher level to see what he really is capable of. In any case, all the major European clubs will certainly be alert. When you look at his statistics, we cannot ignore."

His stats certainly do make for good reading. Mitroglou has bagged 21 goals in 21 games for club and country this season - and Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool and Inter Milan are also said to be interested in his services.

In December 2012 Wenger said of Mitroglou…

“Mitroglou scored two great goals. The first one in London was a great header and tonight was a fantastic goal as well, I must say. I won’t say more because if I do you’ll think I want to buy him."

Perhaps now things have changed.

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