If Arsenal are to sustain their challenge for the Premier League title, a few reinforcements would be welcome. The Gunners arguably look light at both centre-forward and centre-back.
However, any Arsenal fans anticipating a flurry of belated Christmas presents might have to revise their expectations: January is not Arsene Wenger's preferred time to buy. Speaking to Amy Lawrence of The Guardian in November, Wenger said:
It is always difficult in the middle of the season. If somebody is doing well somewhere the clubs do not necessarily want to sell him. They can wait until the end of the season. Most of the time it [the reason we don't buy] is because we didn't find the right player.
Wenger's reticence is palpable: he would prefer to do his business in the summer.
That said, sine the January transfer window was established in the 2002-03 season, Wenger has dipped in to the market several times. In fact, he's twice used the mid-season window to break Arsenal's transfer record.
Over the next few slides, we analyse Wenger's January transfer activity, pinpointing the years in which he took decisive action. Perhaps therein lies a clue as to the probability of him making a move next month.