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Arsenal Transfer News: Arsene Wenger Set to Stay Idle in January

Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger looks on ahead of their English Premier League soccer match against Newcastle United at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
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Tim KeeneyContributor IJanuary 23, 2014

Much to the chagrin of Arsenal supporters everywhere, Arsene Wenger is ready to let the January transfer window come and go without making a signing. 

The Gunners are currently atop the EPL table but sit just a point clear of Manchester City and two points ahead of Chelsea. If they are going to capture their first silverware since 2004-05 or their first league title since 2003-04, many believe Wenger needs to bring in reinforcements.

The most pressing need, according to most, is up front where Olivier Giroud could use a complement at striker. Alas, Wenger seems set with his squad, via Sky Sports:

"It looks very unlikely," Wenger said regarding the prospect of bringing any new faces in this month. "It is 23 January today and at the moment I must say we are not close to doing anything.

"I feel a bit guilty always going to a press conference during the transfer market and having nobody to announce (as a signing) but I don't want to lie."

To some, this may feel a bit like deja vu. As the summer days wore on, and Arsenal struggled to start the season, it looked more and more like the transfer window was going to slam shut without the Gunners making a necessary move. But at what seemed like the last second, Wenger pulled a rabbit out of his hat and signed Mesut Ozil, who has helped propel the Gunners to the top of England. 

Could something like that happen again? Perhaps, but the January window is a bit different. With less time to operate, clubs need to be careful about not overpaying in an rash attempt to fix the present and end up mortgaging the future.

In other words, it is better to avoid buying altogether rather than buying a player who isn't of high quality. 

There was increasing talk that Arsenal was in the market for Julian Draxler, Schalke's burgeoning young German star, but this news should put an end to that speculation, at least for now. 

Some won't like Wenger's approach to this transfer window, but the Gunners have made it this far on top of the table, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is slowly working his way back to form, will provide an important attacking boost. 

Either way, Wenger has proven he knows what he's doing. 


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