Arsene Wenger has been quizzed about Arsenal’s plans for the January transfer window but has hinted the club will not be making any big signings this winter.
Perhaps unsurprisingly the Gunners have been linked with a host of players including Julian Draxler, but look set to miss out on the Germany international who looks set to leave Wolfsburg for PSG.
However, the club are set to be given a major boost in the New Year by the return of Danny Welbeck from a long-term knee injury and Wenger admits that could affect his view on signing players.
“Of course, because we have Lucas, we have Giroud, we have Alexis, we have Welbeck, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is nearly a striker,” he said via the official Arsenal website. “So we have plenty of options offensively.”
He added: “Defensively, we are not in the need at the moment.”
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Wenger also feels that the return of Welbeck will be like a new signing for the club but admits he may need to be patient after such a lengthy spell out of the game.
“I’m cautious with Ramsey and even more with Welbeck, because Welbeck will need some time,” he added. “Friday is his first team training session.
“Of course it’s fantastic, because for him it’s like starting a new career, because he has been out for such a long time.
“But I’m a bit cautious with the little setbacks you have when you have been out for a long time. You have to be patient.”
Wenger was certainly giving very little away about potential signings at his pre-match press conference, suggesting it may be a quiet window for Arsenal.