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Bulgarian striker is out of contract at Craven Cottage at the end of the season

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Ki Sung-Yueng shines alongside Adam Johnson in Sunderland's thumping victory that leaves Fulham clutching at straws

The 4-1 victory at Craven Cottage lifted the Black Cats off the bottom of the table

Rene Meulensteen oversees Fulham's Boxing Day victory at Norwich City.

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Theo Walcott is stretchered off the pitch during the match against Tottenham Hotspur

Transfer news: Theo Walcott injury likely to force Arsenal into January moves as injuries begin to mount

Wenger had previously stated that a long-term injury to Nicklas Bendtner could force him to sign another striker and Walcott has since joined the Dane on the sidelines

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Transfer news: Simon Makienok in 'no rush' over possible switch to Fulham

The Danish striker has been linked with a move to Craven Cottage

Arsene Wenger gestures on the sidelines during Arsenal's win over Newcastle

Transfer news: Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal may need another striker if Nicklas Bendtner injury proves long-term

Wenger says that if it is a matter of months rather than weeks, then he could look to bring in another frontman in January

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists it is too early to think of the Premier League title

Arsenal v Tottenham: Arsene Wenger will not accept another early FA Cup exit

The Gunners have not won any silverware for nine years

Transfer news: Manager Arsene Wenger confirms Arsenal are not in negotiations over a £2m move for Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov

The Gunners have been linked with a move for the Bulgarian after Wenger confirmed earlier this week that he would like to sign a 'quality striker'

Mikel Arteta has backed the Arsenal squad to cope with the pressure of a title challenge

Arsenal 2 Cardiff City 0: Mikel Arteta claims Gunners can handle the pressure and expectation that comes with a title charge

The Gunners vice-captain was speaking after the late 2-0 victory over the Bluebirds in which he claims the squad can deal with the pressure over the rest of the season

Theo Walcott celebrates a goal against Cardiff City

Theo Walcott warns title rivals that the belief at Arsenal is getting 'stronger and stronger'

Two late goals against Cardiff ensured the Gunners remain top of the Premier League

Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov could be the subject of a £2m bid from Arsenal

Transfer news: Arsenal weighing up £2m move for Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov after Nicklas Bendtner injury adds to Gunners woes

Arsene Wenger was already without the services of first choice Olivier Giroud and Bendtner is now set for a spell on the sidelines meaning Wenger could look to bring in the Bulgarian international

West Ham captain Kevin Nolan is sent off during the 2-1 defeat to Fulham

Fulham 2 West Ham 1: Sam Allardyce blasts captain Kevin Nolan after second red card shame in four weeks

Allardyce admits he doesn't 'understand' why Nolan would get himself sent off again after his dismissal in the 4-1 defeat to Liverpool last month

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