Arsenal eyes Bayern striker Mario Mandzukic

Arsenal fear striker Nicklas Bendtner will miss up to two months with an ankle injury.

The Denmark international underwent a scan on Friday to determine whether he has torn or strained ligaments in his right ankle.

Initially, manager Arsene Wenger was hopeful the 25-year-old would miss just three weeks, but there were fears on Friday that his time on the sidelines could be longer.

If the scan shows torn ligaments, then Bendtner will be out for around two months.

And should that prove to be the case then Wenger admits he will have to delve into the transfer market to bolster his already thin options up front.

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has been watched by Gunners scouts, while there is also a firm interest in taking Real Madrid youngster Alvaro Morata on loan.

And according to SportsMail, Arsenal are also monitoring Mario Mandzukic at Bayern Munich.

The Croatian is rated highly by scouting staff and with Robert Lewandowski set to arrive on a controversial free transfer at the Allianz Arena ahead of next season, Mandzukic’s future is under question.

But any deal for the 27-year-old is unlikely to be explored this month.
‘My transfer plans depend on how long Bendtner will be out for,’ admitted Wenger, whose side host bitter rivals Spurs in the FA Cup this evening.

‘At the moment we are just considering our options. I must confess they are quite restricted.

‘If it’s months rather than three weeks, then we would have to think about buying.’