As we inch closer to the January transfer window opening, at least we know Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will be looking to sign new players, because the 66-year-old told us so (via the Daily Express). The problem, however, may be that the players he would like to sign from other Premier League clubs are not available, meaning that he will have to search abroad for his winter transfers.
“Yes, we are short and the number of games we have to play in January are very important,” Wenger told BeIN Sport (via the Daily Express).
“God knows how we will come out of the Christmas period, with a lot of demand on the physical front so we need to do something. I would love to give you names, downstairs on the bar with a coffee but not in front of your camera.”
One of the names on the Frenchman’s wish list is that of Southampton defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama (via ESPN).
With Southampton manager Ronald Koeman playing the role of Grinch this Christmas, it appears unlikely that Wanyama or any other Saints player will be leaving St Marys for pastures new. The Dutchman suggested Southampton will not be selling any of their players this January (via The London Evening Standard), regardless of the amount offered.
“Don’t spend time trying to buy a player from Southampton because it’s impossible,” said Koeman. “We know what we like to do and how we like to do our business. That means in January nobody will leave Southampton.”
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Arsenal will almost certainly find a similar response from every club in the Premier League, as they all prepare for the huge injection of cash that will become available next season, thanks to a very lucrative new television dea(via the BBC).
One thing is for certain and that is Arsenal needs at least one, and possibly two signings to help them see out the season.
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With all that we have just mentioned in mind, we believe Wenger will be looking for European Union players that do not need a work permit, and will ideally be able to take part in Champions League matches as well.
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