Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that he will likely not be spending freely during the January transfer window, according to an ESPN report.
“It’s highly unlikely you find just the player you need in January,” Wenger said. “It’s not about spending money, it’s about finding just the right player to strengthen a squad that is already very strong.”
This will come as a boost for owners of Arsenal attackers. Samir Nasri (7.8), who has scored four goals in the past five gameweeks (with the last of those five games being snowed out), and Marouane Chamakh (8.6) head the Gunners attack, with eight and seven goals respectively.
Wenger’s comments are bad news for Arsenal’s defense, however.
Many have linked the Gunners with a move for Manchester City’s Shay Given, who has yet to set foot on the pitch outside of warmups this season, as a way of solving the club’s goalkeeping woes. Usual starter Manuel Almunia has been out since Gameweek 7, while backup Lukasz Fabianksi is doubtful for this week’s fixture against Chelsea, leaving third-stringer Wojciech Szczesny (4.5) most likely to find himself between the pipes.
Arsenal is 11th in the Premier League in clean sheets, with just four.
Wenger also expressed concern over injured defender Thomas Vermaelen, who has been out since August with an Achilles problem.
Vermaelen is a fantasy-team favorite who is always willing to get forward, but his injury has left him without a role this season.
The defender is expected back in January, but Wenger admitted concern that Vermaelen could suffer another setback.
“If he has another setback I don’t know what the medical staff will do, but overall they look quite optimistic he will be back in January,” Wenger said, adding that Vermaelen has returned to practice.
Wenger said that if Vermaelen can recover by late January as expected, he could play a part in the pivotal latter part of the campaign.