During this morning’s press conference ahead of the top of the table clash with Manchester City at the Emirates on Monday night, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted that he may be forced to bring in new players during the January transfer window to help bolster a squad that has been ravaged by injuries.
“We are open minded,” declared the Frenchman (via the Daily Mirror).
“We are not the only ones who can decide about the speed of the transfers.
“We have to adapt to the availabilities and the speed of negotiations and the willingness of clubs to sell.
“But we are willing because we are short.”
The Gunners boss knows that the match against third place City is important, but while he says it will not determine who will win the league, he believes it will be key in preparing his team for a busy holiday period.
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“It’s a massive game that you play at home and of course you want to win,” he continued.
“Over Christmas we play many home games and it’s important to be in a strong position after Christmas.
“It’s a tight game, we look at the numbers and we’re very close [in terms of quality].
“Man City has huge potential – We will need a top level team performance.”
Regarding possible winter signings, a holding midfielder appears to be top of the wish list with several names being linked to a move to the Emirates, including Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho and Porto’s Ruben Neves (via the Metro).
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Southampton’s Kenyan international Victor Wanyama seems the logical choice given his Premier League experience (via the Mirror), yet doing business in January is very difficult with most teams reluctant to let players leave until the summer, which means Arsenal could in fact sign a player that is not on the supporters’ radar.