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Wenger: 'We Have A Good Squad'

Wenger: 'We Have A Good Squad'

Arsene Wenger has declared that he is still in the market for players in January, but that the club will prioritise tying Theo Walcott to a new contract before making moves for player purchases.

But Wenger cautioned that January is a difficult time to find players, 'It has become more difficult for one simple reason: We have a good squad. I know we swim against the stream a bit because people don't believe that. I say we have a very good squad.'

The Arsenal boss continued, 'We have some improvements to make and we know exactly where. In January it is difficult to find the players that are really better and can give something special to the squad.

'The number is right. We have a good balance. We are working very hard to find what we want.

'We are working very hard. First of all we want to sort out the injuries we have, and we are trying very hard to close the deal with (Theo) Walcott. Once we have done that, we will certainly do something else. At the moment I cannot tell you more.'

But he did have a positive prognosis for Mikel Arteta, 'Arteta's injury could be shorter than three weeks because it's a minor calf strain. It's a light grade one so it could be quicker than three weeks.

'Mikel Arteta is an important player. First of all, he's a good player, a tactically intelligent player, and a winner. He has three important qualities that you miss when you don't have him.'

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

Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Tuesday January 15 2013
Time: 11:00PM


I think that folk are forgetting that with Rosicky, Diaby and Santos back that's like three new signings!
15/01/2013 23:14:00
So Wenger wants us to believe that he can only do one thing at a time? Why must we wait till Theo is tied up till signing someone? What if Theo f***s about till the end of Jan? It's not inspiring me with confidence to tell you the truth.
15/01/2013 23:14:00
Rosicky would be like a new signing if he ever got on the pitch!
15/01/2013 23:15:00
Won't it be easier if Wenger just came out to say "we shall not be doing any business in the winter window except ship out a few for game time" instead of persisting with these conflicting quotes as if he needs to put a spin to his failure to buy? Arsene. Stop making a fool of yourself and by extension, the club. We are big enough to say it as it is, please.
15/01/2013 23:33:00
I think we have to be careful with Rosicky. Having got him back we don't want to risk him getting injured again.
15/01/2013 23:43:00
His posturing on matters to do with squad improvements reeks of taking a gamble all the time and this has been going on for a while now. it is almost like he delights in being hailed for "over-achieving" with an average squad when buying the right quality at the right time could make a difference. He reminds one of a toddler with filthy hands who has just been instructed to go wash up his hands; the kid's desire will be how dirty can he leave his hands and still get by, after making a right huge splash in the kitchen sink as he goes through the motions of trying hard to clean up. Wenger should know he doesn't kid most fans anymore and is fast losing even his most ardent of supporters. This squad is in need of a lift from an addition who gives hope; a skillful forward will do just nicely, for starters then we look at the DM position. In the summer, the job will then be easier to get a keeper (why didn't we get Julio Cesar?) and versatile defender. Of course, the Sale of bench Warmers must continue into the summer.
15/01/2013 23:51:00
It's the board, it's always been the board. As soon as they shipped David Dein out they got rid of the last person that actually gave a damn about the club. When Nina-Bracewell Smith started to pipe up they shipped her out as well. Now all they do is milk the supporters for all they're worth. If Arsene wasn't so tied to the club he would've walked years ago. Right now I see Wenger as the only thing stopping this board from sending our club into oblivion. I don't like Usmanov, but back when I first came to the site I was roundly slated by all for backing him, but I did so simply because David Dein backed him. Say what you want, but David Dein always had the best interests of this club at heart. I don't care how hard he's been assassinated by the board, if he said Usmanov was the best choice, I'm still inclined to believe Usmanov was the best choice.
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16/01/2013 00:25:00
With the exception of the part about Usmanov, I agree Les, infact I was dicussing the subject on Twitter last night. If I had to speculate I'd say Arsene is taking a fall here, he loves the club very much and I reckon he's protecting it the best way he can. I find it hard to believe he could be so short-sighted regarding transfer windows when there is such a large pile of cash waiting to be spent.
16/01/2013 06:09:00
I don't think Arsene's protecting anyone (or that Dein had anyone's interests other than his own at heart for that matter). Wenger genuinely won't buy just for the numbers. The board are buying into his philosophy (at least on team building) not the other way around. Not sure that I'd want the board buying players anyway.
16/01/2013 07:46:00
It's not for the numbers though Amos, we need some players, our squad is ridiculously unbalanced. Arsene has to know this and can't believe the "spirit and mentality" line he keeps spinning. Surely?
16/01/2013 07:54:00
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