Arsenal have become notorious in recent seasons for their perennial inactivity during the transfer period.
And this winter, it appears that the Premier League leaders and Champions League contenders are once again content to let another midseason window quietly come and go.
Recent comments made by head coach Arsene Wenger regarding the club's rumored pursuit of German midfielder Julian Draxler indicate that the French boss and his club are pleased with the squad they have heading into the season's pivotal stretch.
Wenger was asked about Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker confessing that he was "curious" about a potential move to acquire his countryman Draxler and admitted that a deal is unlikely, per Mirror's John Cross:
I am curious as well, of course I'm curious it's my nature. But the transfer period lasts until the 31st of January. Are we close to signing anybody? At the moment I would say no.
It's not about German, it's about talent and quality. At the moment the quality is produced in Germany so we are of course interested where the talent is and where the good education of the players is. At the moment Germany produces top level players.
The first part of Wenger's response flawlessly sums up Arsenal's recent attitude regarding the transfer window and points to another quiet period for the Gunners, whose indifference is aided by the fact they're in the mix for titles this season.
Wenger admitted that the long-term loss of Theo Walcott is a huge blow but expressed optimism over the eventual return of Nicklas Bendtner from an ankle injury and appears confident that other players will step up when called upon.
While Wenger will look like a genius if the Gunners are able to weather the storm and win the Premier League for the first time in a decade this coming spring, a listless transfer period could easily come back to haunt Arsenal.
Transfer window has been quiet. Half-way through January with very little action. AW waiting until the last second to make @Arsenal signing?— Alan Koch (@AlanKochSFU) January 16, 2014
The club have bragged about how they have money to spend for a while now and a late-season collapse would have many experts and supporters revisiting Arsenal's winter inaction.
Only time will tell if the Gunners continue their current trend and if doing so costs them coveted trophies.
But for now, it looks as if the club will spend the remainder of the winter transfer window focusing on their current squad members and looking ahead to what targets the summer window could potentially bring.
Sure, Arsenal still have two weeks to acquire the talent necessary to please the supporters and put them over the top. However, recent history and Wenger's latest remarks suggest that time will pass quietly.
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