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Le Boss hasn't seen anything he wants to buy

Despite telling everyone last week that he wouldn`t be drawn into answering questions on January transfer targets Wenger was tempted to dampen some gooners expectations of a gift or two in the New Year.

At last Fridays press conference he told those in attendance asking about January transfer prospects "I won't answer that question. If I say yes and I don't do it people will ask why I haven't done it. If I say no and we lose one game people will say I am crazy because I didn't want to buy. In England every problem is sorted out by buying a player when you lose a football game."

Today he tells us, via an interview on Arsenal TV Online, that so far he hasn`t found a player special enough to be worth a place in the Arsenal squad. In the interview he says "I cannot say something will happen, but you never know. It is feasible that we can do it and sometimes a [new] player can give some extra belief to the squad.

"If it appears we can make something special, then we will do it - but at the moment I can sincerely say we have not seen anything special that can really convince us we will be much stronger."

Wenger has at least been consistent in declaring his belief that the current squad has great potential for further development.

"At the moment, I am more [keen] to develop the team we have. When you look at our players, most of them are under 21 and there is a lot to come from them.

"We have gone with a policy we respect and the solution is not always when you do not get the result you want to just go out and buy. That can destroy what you have built up until now" he explains.

Returning to his recent theme calling for more belief and support from fans he continued "We do not reject it, but we cannot also say that for certain it will be done. We have a young team with the Club in good shape, a healthy financial position, which suddenly is quite important.

"That is why what you want with a young team is for your fans to be behind [the team] and give them something extra that a team needs."

Wenger has frequently produced surprises in his transfer dealings though those surprises can simply be that there aren`t any transfers! Given the current febrile atmosphere of gooner fans consensus for more transfer spending this current slight dampening of spirits might not help the festive mood amongst some supporters. It should make for an entertaining message board though.



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Writer: Amos Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday December 18 2008

Time: 2:30PM

Your Comments

fanfu**ingtastic
paul_ownz
Arsene must realy scrutanize players. There has to be special players out there will add to Arsenal. I think Arsenes words are to keep building the morake of the current squad by not saying we need this and that player.
Paulsito
I would have less of a problem with Arsene making statements like that if he did not have the likes of Eboue & Song in his starting line up, very frustrating!!
ukgooner
Not really worth over analysing Wenger's comments with regards to the transfer market. He always comes out with these vague statements, this comment could have been cut and pasted from any time during his tenure. Let's just wait and see what happens. One thing is for clear, if January comes and goes and no significant moves have been made, he can expect a backlash that wouldn't be entirely unreasonable.
Little Dutch
My gut feeling tells me that he's not going to sign anyone, particularly in their prime. If anything, it will be a Silvestre like signing or a teenager. He won't sign a centre midfielder because that will block the paths of Diaby, Song, Denilson, Ramsey and Coquelin. He's unlikely to sign a top-class central defender coz it will hinder the development of Nordveit. How can he say there's nothing out there that can improve our squad?? It seems like for Arsenal FC, success is just getting into the Champions League.
Gooner_Vin
I honestly can't see there being any significant movement? If I were to have a huge flutter it'd be on Gallas out and a non CL-tied CB coming in, that's it.
shewore
Vin - been saying that for a while mate, it's more like Arsenal PLC not Arsenal FC.
shewore
At least it's entertaining. We all know Wenger could come up with anything - including nothing! It makes all the speculation even more fevered.
Amos.
I think he will sign someone seeing how the team has been troubled by injuries, he must see the need for a winger of some sort. He made comments saying he would buy before the season and that kinda backfired on him so I thnk he is wary of promising anything. Gooner Vin, I dont think that is Arsenals ambition (CL) but I do think Arsene is trying to bring things to a point that once the team has matured they will be on top for years to come. Its a very smart thing to do but it depends mostly on patience which most of us dont have. I for one can see us doing a lot of damage "if" we can get and stay healthy. We have some brilliant players, we really do!
Paulsito
Really, havent we all heard enough of Wenger's transfer talk to know that its baloney ?! He rarely does anything that he says, so I wouldnt really pay much attention to it. This team still has games to play before any transfer business can be done. So it will be counter-productive for Wenger to say that it needs improvement. Lets just wait and watch what he actually does.
prits
shewore ...its more like Arsene PLC.
number14
That's the same I'd say LD, what will be, will be. We win the treble, we get relegated, we sell Fabregas, we sign Kaka, Ashley Young wins that balloon of Or thing, whatever will be, will be.
Gaga
Wenger has way too much authority and its scary...its not neccessarily a bad thing but if he doesnt buy in january then we are asking for trouble
number14
Paulsito - seems like we've been waiting for this team to mature for the last 4-5 years!
Gooner_Vin
Let's not be upset or happy about these statements - we all know how Arsene's like. I gave up on trying to read into his smokescreens some time ago. I believe in the man, not necessarily believe what he says literally. It's just a waiting game on our part really.
GoonerLou
I don't we will sign anyone significant. Maybe a youngster for the future or a player nearing the end of his career to add depth to the squad. AW has made it clear that he has a lot of belief in the current squad, so I can't see him making any big changes to it. I'll wait till the end of the season before I pass judgement but I'm not entirely optimistic. Hope I'm wrong.
jubair
Gooner_vin, we have lost some (a lot of)leadership and we have had bad leadership also. We cannot discount whta the lack of a Gilberto could do, though he didnt play that much, I'm sure he was very influentia. I think maturity/ or lack thereof is more than just what is seen on the field if you get my point and we obviously do lack it a bit. I just dont think it is about the talent, though people playing out of position is a problem, to me at least. I really can see Wenger bringing in someone, we could use it to say theleast. Anyway, I love being an Arsenal fan and I am hoping for us to go on a roll after we discard pool on Sunday!!!
Paulsito
the main issue is that there is no obvious player who is not CL-tied. and if we buy, we need that player to deliver NOW which is asking too much from a player. i would like arsene to give inler another go. he is REALLY good player, flamini-type of player but much harder.
Gooner SA
almost as funny as aday sayin we can win champions league, he shud put away hes playstation
123spurs
If there's one thing that you can't do as a gooner that you can do as fans of othre clubs, it's speculate over transfers. Who knows what will happen. Wenger's comments over transfers have always been a kind of insurance policy. If he says we probably won't sign one, that might mean that he has his eyes on somebody but doesn't want the possibility of a rejection to go public. If he says he will sign 'one or two' that tends to mean that he wants to raise spirits but keep it all low-key. If he doesn't get his man, he'll just plump for someone like Silvestre or a youth player. He hasn't lied, the fans just made an understandably incorrect assumption.
ArsenalRob
good drawn in cl roma shud beat them id say
123spurs
 

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