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Wenger: I highly rate Berbatov as a player, but…

Arsenal boss speaks out on the speculation linking him with Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur's former forward, now at Fulham.

'Do I rate [Dimitar] Berbatov as player? Highly,' said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in a press conference address today, Friday, as quoted by the club's official website.

Berbatov is one of a number of strikers speculatively linked with a mid-season transfer to the Gunners as it is the one area on the field where Wenger is light of proven quality outside of main asset Olivier Giroud, who has thus far this season returned one goal or assist every 117 minutes on average.

Also tipped to make a move for FC Schalke 04 forward Julian Draxler, Wenger refuted the notion that he had already sought Fulham's attention over the services of Berbatov: 'Have we made any approach to sign Berbatov? No.'

Considering the six-month injury-enforced absence of English forward Theo Walcott, who can play wide or up front, any pondering over a striking recruitment was alleged to have transitioned into action, yet Wenger is insistent that there is still ample cover within his roster.

'I don't think [we will sign Berbatov] because we have [Nicklas] Bendtner who is coming back, we have Yaya Sanogo who is making very good progress in training. Of course we have lost Theo Walcott and that for us was a big blow but hopefully we can compensate.

'We have not made any approach,' he reinforced.

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