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Wenger: 'I Expect To Be Busy In January'

Wenger: 'I Expect To Be Busy In January'

Arsene Wenger has indicated that his phone will be on this January with the broadest hint yet that he will be blowing the dust off the chequebook. He told, 'Yes, I will be busy,' he confirmed. 'I don't feel under pressure to name names because you [the media] find them on your own.

'We have the potential to be in the Champions League with what we have. We are open to strengthening the team, but the difficulty is to find what strengthens us. [You don't always find that with] the players available on the market.'

Wenger also suggested that he would be on the lookout for someone that can make an immediate impact, before his usual cautionary tale, ''Yes [we want players who can make an immediate impact], that is why it is so difficult as well. Man United bought Robin van Persie for £24million and he is 29 years old.

'They have scouts all over the world. They looked everywhere. Don't think that they just came in and bought Van Persie, they looked everywhere else. But to find the quality of striker that would strengthen a top Premier League team at the moment in the world is difficult.'

However, if Arsenal want to add, they have to be mindful of the 25 man squad limit and with many a fringe player frozen out this season, outgoings are just as likely. Arsene admitted that Andrey Arshavin, whom the club tried to shift in the summer, is welcome to leave, 'I have not had a call from Reading.

'But if he finds a solution that is satisfying for him and for us we will consider it.'

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Friday December 28 2012
Time: 11:28PM


probably, we'll be more busy selling than buying. expected outs this january: walcott, arshavin, chamakh
29/12/2012 05:40:00
The cynic in me feels we've been here before. Hopefully, I am wrong and the manager really does get busy strengthening the team. And quickly too. It is another thing to find available players in the winter window,Though.
29/12/2012 12:25:00
Yes, its not easy finding a striker of the calibre of Van Persie who can instantly adapt to the pace of the premiership and propel you towards your umpteenth title in so many years. Good thing we made it easy for Sir Alex then by handing over our top scorer.
Wyn Mills
29/12/2012 16:19:00
Wenger needs to get rid of the deadwood - that job was not completed in the summer. If he doesn't rate Chamakh, Arshavin and Djourou, they need to be sold, even on a free if that results in savings in wages. For the ins, I'd look forward to a mobile striker (like David Villa but he's a bit old at 31).
29/12/2012 21:50:00
Walcott will be staying otherwise the hype would be more than it is. It's suddenly got quiet about him leaving. I would like to see Villa on loan and give him lots of game time. he isn't an injury prone forward so he can take games. I would like Arsene to go buy a young spaniard or a cheapo like Michu that flies high. I heard he said that Michu wasn't worth the risk..... That went well!
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