Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will not be making any signings this January, according to chief scout Brian McDermott (via the Express). Speaking to Sky Sports, McDermott revealed that the manager has his eye on only the best players in the world, and their unavailability meant that Arsenal would once again be silent on the transfer front.
Wenger came in for some of the most vocal criticism of his career over the summer; earning the wrath of the fans for choosing not to sign any outfield players despite our lack of quality depth in several positions. The Frenchman stuck to his guns however, and his decision has been somewhat vindicated by the emergence of Theo Walcott as a serious goalscoring threat down the middle. But while the striker position seems secure for the time being (injuries permitting), positions like the right wing and defensive midfield are real causes for concern.
Aaron Ramsey’s injury had already forced us to play Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who despite all his potential seems to be lacking some basic skills. Now, with the Ox gone, we have to rely on players like Joel Campbell and Alex Iwobi; and no matter what the manager says, that is a frightening prospect with Bayern Munich on the horizon. Similarly, Francis Coquelin is irreplaceable at the club and players like Hector Bellerin might as well be, seeing as how Mathieu Debuchy seems to have forgotten how to play football.
Nevertheless, McDermott thinks that it will take something special to force the manager into a purchase. He said, “The scouting structure at Arsenal is phenomenal. We all know who the top strikers in the world are. Can you get them to come? They won’t be available in January that’s an absolute certainty.
“Generally it’s a good squad. He signed a fantastic goalkeeper. The manager won’t spend unless he thinks its absolutely necessary.”
The Gunners are routinely linked to several players over the course of a week; and the list of players that Wenger ‘almost’ managed to sign is endless. Maybe, just maybe, this transfer window will be the one where he finally takes the plunge and buys what is needed, rather than what is wanted.