Arsene Wenger is expecting Arsenal to do little business in the final days of the January transfer window, barring an "exceptional" case.
Speaking ahead of the Gunners' crucial Premier League clash against Chelsea on Sunday, the Frenchman effectively ruled out further business from the north London club following their recent signing of Mohamed Elneny from Basel.
"You will certainly over the next 10 days have some work to do, not especially with Arsenal," Wenger said, per Hamish Mackay in the Mirror. "We are always open to the exceptional cases. At the moment I expect our last 10 days [of the transfer window] to be quiet."
Premier League-topping Arsenal are set to welcome a Chelsea side that is floundering in 14th after a rotten season.
However, Wenger refused to put the boot into the Blues despite previous comments from their former manager, Jose Mourinho, describing the Arsenal boss as a "specialist in failure," per the Evening Standard's James Olley:
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Wenger on if #cfc would be "specialists in failure" if in a relegation fight. "I see where you want to take me but I'm not ready to travel."1/21/2016, 9:34:52 AM
Sunday's clash at the Emirates Stadium is a big test of Arsenal's title credentials because, despite Chelsea's struggles, the reverse fixture earlier in the season resulted in a 2-0 loss for Wenger's men in a bad-tempered game.
The Gunners boss will hope they can make the most of their home advantage, his side having lost only once at the Emirates in the league all season.
Wenger was questioned about a potential ground share on Thursday—it had been suggested Tottenham Hotspur could play at Arsenal's stadium during the 2017-18 season—but he said there had been no approach, per Olley:
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Wenger says #afc not been approached about a groundshare at Emirates and says "it is not something we really need".1/21/2016, 9:45:44 AM
Arsenal come into Sunday's match off back-to-back draws against Stoke City and Liverpool.
They were without key man Mesut Ozil for the stalemate at the Britannia Stadium, and Bleacher Report's Dean Jones credited the performance as worthy of potential champions:
Wenger confirmed on Thursday Ozil will return to the side for the visit of Chelsea. He also said he expects Alexis Sanchez to be available, per Arsenal:
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The Chilean has not turned out for the Gunners since November and his return could be a huge boost, even if he only makes a late appearance from the bench.
However, Wenger preached caution on bringing Sanchez back too soon, per Mackay:
The doubt is that he has been out for a long time and it is a great risk of a setback. He has cleared on all the tests. That’s one thing. Then he has to clear training. I am cautious with him. We do not want to take a gamble but the signs he has shown in training are good.
Arsenal would send out a real statement of intent with a convincing win over Chelsea, but their title hopes could be rocked if they lose.
Wenger will have to set his team out carefully to ensure Chelsea's attackers are contained, but the hosts are undoubtedly the favourites to prevail at the Emirates.
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