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Arsenal Transfer News: Arsene Wenger Suggests Quiet Transfer Window

BRADFORD, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11:  Arsene Wenger the Arsenal manager looks on during the Capital One Cup quarter final match between Bradford City and Arsenal at the Coral Windows Stadium, Valley Parade on December 11, 2012 in Bradford, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIDecember 26, 2012

Amidst calls for his dismissal and the need for wholesale change at the club, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has played down the club's involvement in the upcoming transfer window, stating that the North London club will not be looking to make big changes this January.

The veteran manager has serious money to spend if he desires but has suggested that the club will be in for a quieter transfer window than many expect this winter.

Wenger was quoted as saying that (per The Daily Mirror}:

We are in the [transfer] market, but only if we find players who will really strengthen us because we [already] have a good squad.

If we find an exceptional player, then we will take him.

We lacked fluidity in our attack [against Wigan Athletic recently] and continuity in our attacking play, but we won because of our will to win, and with the way things are at the moment, I won't turn my nose up at that.

The news regarding the club's transfer activity this winter—or lack of it—comes at an interesting time for Gunners fans, who are growing in their discontent with the manager—having earned his worst Premier League start this season with the club.

Arsenal have won three matches in a row to move back into the top four alongside both Manchester clubs and Chelsea, but with Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and West Bromwich Albion all breathing down the Gunners' necks, Wenger knows his side are a long way from safe this season.

Arsenal have lacked direction and purpose in attack at times this season, with new signing Olivier Giroud inconsistent up front and Lukas Podolski needed in attacking midfield—leaving no real other striker to carry the burden at the top of the attack.

Both Theo Walcott and Gervinho are simply not good enough to dominate up front week in and week out, and thus, it was widely thought that the Gunners would pursue a striker like Demba Ba or Fernando Llorente, who have both been linked with potential moves this January.

Whether either player would be what Wenger considers "exceptional" still remains to be seen, if the North London club fail to bring in anyone substantial over the transfer window, they will reap the consequences for failing to act on their current situation.

Arsenal are lucky to be where they are—most fans would agree—and they aren't as strong as they have been in years gone by, despite the brilliance of players like Mikel Arteta, Lukas Podolski and Spanish international Santi Cazorla.

The transfer window is a great chance for Wenger to fix the mistakes the club has made this season and bounce back stronger for the back half of the year.

Hopefully, Wenger's decision not to make moves this January—if that's what transpires—won't turn out to be the greatest mistake of them all this year.

 

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