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Arsenal boss Wenger rules out Anelka return

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has ruled out a move for Bolton Wanderers striker Nicolas Anelka - for now.

Wenger has no doubts about the qualities of the French striker, but feels he has enough other attacking options within the squad.

"At the moment I have not made any offer for Anelka," the Arsenal manager said.

"I felt we had the strikers we needed, and also I wanted a player like Eduardo, who can play on the flanks and with (Emmanuel) Adebayor, or with (Robin) van Persie.

"That is why we have gone for Eduardo, and it was more a question of choice rather than the quality of Anelka, because I rate him very highly.

"It was just we have others who play in the same position."

Wenger added: "I can bring in who I want and the board do not interfere in that, unless there is a compulsory financial situation that we cannot afford."

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