Arsenal boss ready to react to injury blows with January moves

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that he will look to sign players this January after losing a host of first-team regulars to injury.

The latest Gunners star to drop to the sidelines for a lengthy period of time is defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin – who is not expected to be back in action for three months – while Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere remain out of action.

Arsenal’s lack of summer activity – Petr Cech was the only major addition – is partly to blame for the current lack of options in north London, and fans of the club have been calling for top quality players to be signed in just over a month’s time when the window re-opens.

And Wenger has claimed that he’s willing to make moves, as long as he can bring in players of sufficient quality:

“We are in a position where we want to do something,” he is quoted by talkSPORT.

“If I find the right quality I will do something. (The injury to) Arteta is short term but Coquelin as I told you is much longer but the scans are positive because he does not need any surgery, but it will be 12 weeks.

“Walcott goes through a few tests and steps but the first one was successful. He started running again on Tuesday morning and had no reaction. He has no big hurdle to get across today and hopefully he will be successful.”

Wenger moved to sign Gabriel Paulista from Villarreal last January, and the Brazilian’s success in England may lure him back into the market in 2016.