When January 1st arrived, there was the usual air of excitement and anticipation around the Emirates Stadium that seems to come around whenever a new transfer window opens.
Fast forward three weeks, and the club are no closer to signing a new player as they were back then.
In between, players have left the club on loan, which only succeeds in raising the bar of hope once again. Yet, time after time Arsene Wenger says he will only sign quality, but that that quality does not seem to be out there.
With that backdrop, here I try to dissect what Arsenal’s starting lineup will be for their first game after the transfer window closes, at home to Stoke on February 2nd.
An admittance on Tuesday that Wenger would like to bring in two new players at least leaves the door open for some speculation.