Wenger rules out duo sale
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Arsenal will not sanction the sale of either Anthony Stokes or Nicklas Bendtner.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has warned other clubs keen on the services of Anthony Stokes and Nicklas Bendtner that he is not willing to sanction the sale of either player.
The pair have enjoyed fine loan spells away from Emirates Stadium this season, as Falkirk and Birmingham have reaped the benefits respectively.
At Falkirk, Stokes has proved a revelation in scoring 13 goals from just 14 starts and it is such a prolific nature in front of goal that has prompted talk of Celtic and Sunderland lodging £700,000 bids for the 18-year-old.
Falkirk are understandably eager to extend the Irishman's stay in Scotland until the end of the season and while this may well be permitted, a permanent exit is not now seemingly on the cards.
Bendtner too has proven his potential whilst on loan at St Andrews, as a string of fine displays have seen him carve out a reputation for being one of the Championship's finest players.
The talented striker has intimated that he would be willing to stay at Birmingham if it guaranteed him regular playing time but for now, Wenger remains determined to hold on to his startles.
"They both have a future with us and we want to keep them," he told the Daily Record.