Fans can choose to view Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's transfer window stance as stupid or brilliant.
But either way, there's no denying that Wenger's stubborn desire to move forward with the men he has is a great psychological tactic. Even if they don't possess the talent they need to climb back into the mix in the English Premier League, at least this current Arsenal squad will gain some motivation and interest.
The Frenchman has done very little during January's midseason transfer window and is running out of time to add depth and star power before it closes for good.
This was Wenger on his desire to win with what he has (via The Mirror's Dan Silver):
What I worry about is getting the players who have been injured back fit, to get the players who play for this club to perform at full potential. If we perform at full potential we cannot expect any miracle from outside, we want to make things happen inside. If someone else can strengthen our squad, we will do it of course, but we have the resources inside to do well.
Clearly Wenger believes in his squad, or is at least pretending to. Yes, the club is battling injuries to some key players, including Mikel Arteta, and is still waiting for them to return to full strength, but that doesn't make Wenger's patience any less bold.
The Gunners are only a few points back of fourth-place Tottenham Hotspur, and they still have more than a dozen matches left to challenge for one of the top four spots.
If the club begins to fade down the stretch and is consistently being outmatched, then Wenger won't hear the end of it. On the other hand, he looks like a cool, calm genius if they rally and compete neck and neck with the country's other top clubs
Let's face it, Arsenal isn't going to win the Premier League with the squad it has now. But so long as Wenger is confident in his group, it will remain an outside contender and one of the league's more competitive units until it can reload this summer.
Wenger's composure won't improve the patience of Arsenal supporters, but there's no denying that the players already on board will gain from it.
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