Ex-Arsenal star Ray Parlour is positive that Arsene Wenger will be doing everything he can to bring a player to the Emirates this January, but stressed that the winter window is a difficult time to buy players, as reported by talkSPORT.
There were already calls for signings to be made in January, and in the wake of Francis Coquelin’s injury they’ve only intensified. Parlour is among those who believes signings are needed, but highlighted the lack of availability in mid season.
He’s still confident Wenger will be looking to do some business though, particularly in midfield.
“I’ts not an easy time to buy players; you don’t know who is really available and all the best players will be tied down to their clubs,” said Parlour.
“But if there are some available, especially in that midfield area, I’m sure Arsene will go in the market.”
Wenger was much maligned for his inactivity over the summer, with Petr Cech his sole signing ahead of the 2015/16 campaign. We’ve seen just how much of a problem depth has been this season however, with a number of injuries crippling us heading towards the half way point.
Our season has had its ups and downs already, but we were looking excellent in the Premier League up until our shocking loss against West Bromwich Albion. Coquelin has been absolutely vital to our campaign, and being without him for any length of time is a serious blow. Wenger must be able to see this, so if he fails to sign a defensive midfielder in January then there will be outrage.
Of course it’s difficult to sign players in January, as clubs don’t often want to sell their assets half way through a season. But we’ve got the money to change their minds, Wenger just needs to be willing to spend it.
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Hopefully we aren’t left disappointed come the end of the window, because failure in January could really put an end to our season early on – despite our promising Premier League start.