Wenger plays down January spending
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has played down a need to spend big during the January transfer window.
The Frenchman has been urged by the club’s fans to bring in top players in a bid to boost their Premier League fortunes after a stuttering start to the season.
With club announcing new sponsorship deals and having received substantial fees from transfers, it is believed that money is in place to draft in fresh faces.
However, Wenger feels that additions are not needed and that he has a strong enough squad to compete:
“It has become more difficult for one simple reason: We have a good squad.” He is quoted by The Mirror.
“I know we swim against the stream a bit because people don’t believe that. I say we have a very good squad.”
The Gunners have been linked with a number of players in recent weeks, including the likes of Wilfried Zaha and David Villa.
Although Wenger admitted that he needs to strengthen his squad, he hinted that arrivals will have to wait until Theo Walcott’s contract situation is resolved and key players have returned from injury:
“We have some improvements to make and we know exactly where. In January it is difficult to find the players that are really better and can give something special to the squad.
“The number is right. We have a good balance.
“We are working very hard. First of all we want to sort out the injuries we have, and we are trying very hard to close the deal with (Theo) Walcott.
“Once we have done that, we will certainly do something else. At the moment I cannot tell you more.”