By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes

Arsene Wenger has hinted that he will not buy a new striker this month despite currently having only two fit forwards available.

The Arsenal manager is hopeful the impending return of Danny Welbeck means he will not need to dip into the January transfer market for reinforcements.

Wenger has relied solely upon forward duo Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott this season due to the unavailability of Welbeck, who has been out with a knee injury for nine months.

But the Gunners boss delivered an optimistic bulletin about the England international’s fitness at his media briefing on Friday morning.

Asked about his January plans, Wenger said: “I would prefer to have the players back from injuries. Welbeck is two to three weeks away and I am confident I will not find a better player than Welbeck on the market.”

Arsenal unveiled their first signing of the January window on Thursday after completing a £5.2million deal for Mohamed Elneny.

Football Insider revealed earlier this week that the Gunners are also in advanced talks to recruit midfield sensations Kelechi Nwakali and Samuel Chukwueze to their academy.