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Arsenal set to buy players

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger may dip into the transfer market to bolster his squad despite watching his depleted side beat West Ham 2-1 in the FA Cup third round.

Wenger's side were handed a fourth-round trip to Stoke in the fourth round as a side featuring the likes of Carlos Vela, Fran Merida and Jack Wilshere came from behind to beat the Hammers at Upton Park.

Alessandro Diamanti gave West Ham the lead in first-half injury time but the Gunners stormed back as Aaron Ramsey equalised in the 78th minute after combining with Vela in the box and Eduardo's towering header five minutes later took them into the fourth round.

Wenger said: “At the moment we have nine injuries.

“We needed to fight very hard to go through and we need some players to come back from injury to cope with the competitions we're in.”

As for the draw, which handed his side a trip to the Potteries, Wenger said: “It doesn't really matter, what's important is the performance (we produce).”

Asked about his transfer window plans, the Frenchman said: “I don't know, a player or two. We'll try to be in the market.

“I have the money, I have the desire, but I do not have the player.

“I do not know what will happen.

“Basically, it depends how the big guns — Manchester City and Chelsea — will move. Where will they buy? If they buy from English clubs, the market will be busy.

“If they do not buy from English clubs, I think the market will be very quiet because there is not a lot of money around.”

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