Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed the club aren’t close to bringing in a new face despite the January transfer window days away from closing. With the Gunners light on midfield options, Wenger had a decision to make whether he would trust his existing squad or look to the transfer market for reinforcements. However, the long-serving boss has played down any talk of deadline day arrivals.
Arsenal were linked with former winger Serge Gnabry to provide competition to their attack, but Theo Walcott is due to return and will fight it out with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alex Iwobi for one place in the side. The Gunners will be overstocked in positions when players return to the squad which is why the manager isn’t interested in bringing in more faces.
It’s more likely Arsenal will part with a number of unwanted players than sign anyone else. They brought in Hednesford Town defender Cohen Bramall for £40K this month and the youngster is set to be the only incoming in January. Arsenal have spent almost £100M in the summer transfer window, considerably more than the club normally spend, so they will use the squad they have and wait or their injuries stars to return.
The Gunners are short in midfield, having lost Mohamed Elneny (international duty), Granit Xhaka (suspension), Santi Cazorla (injured) and Jack Wilshere (loaned to AFC Bournemouth), but will rely on their available duo Aaron Ramsey and Francis Coquelin until others return. Wenger will be disappointed to lose £35M signing Xhaka for four games, but won’t dip into the market for a temporary replacement.