The matches increase in frequency, the weather intensifies with cold, campaigns are made and broken, everybody is excited and happy. But most of all it is Christmas time. However, most managers will have to wait deep into January before they can unveil their new gifts. Unfortunately for most it will not come down to whether they have been naughty or nice but if they have the funds and calibre to attract.
Almost every manager will have a large shopping list, and one man who is certain to is Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman and his men have shown tremendous spirit after starting their 2011/2012 campaign in horrific fashion, appearing as if destruction was set to engulf North London. However the Gunners have conveyed impressive form and have recorded 10 wins in 14 matches since October. The North London giants currently sit fourth and are more than capable of breaching the top three.
Wenger now turns half his attention to the January Transfer Window. With a £50 million transfer budget at his disposal, certain positions lacking and precarious contract situations, it is expected to be a hectic period of negotiating for the Arsenal manager. But just exactly what is on Arsene Wenger's Christmas list?
For many years it was the arrival of a quality keeper but that gift has certainly arrived thanks to Wojciech Szczesny whilst his defence has also desperately improved. Nonetheless, Bleacher Report acts in the spirit of the Christmas and establishes the 12 things Arsene Wenger wants under his tree.