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No rush for January signings, claims Wenger

Wenger: I will not rush for new signings in January

November 29, 2014 By Ali M.
Despite insisting Arsenal will attempt to bring in new additions, the French manager was quick to underline the difficulty they will face recruiting new signings when the transfer window re-opens.

Despite Arsenal's worrying injury crisis, the north London side's 65-year-old boss claims he will not be rushed into making January signings when the transfer window re-opens.

With Jack Wilshere ruled out for three months after undergoing ankle surgery, Mesut Ozil sidelined with a serious knee injury, and captain Mikel Arteta set for a three-week lay off due to damage to his calf, the need for midfield reinforcements is on the high.

And with a defense stretched thin by injuries, center-back is another position that needs addressing in January. 

However, the French manager argues that making signings in January can prove even tougher than in the summer, but did stress the Gunners will attempt to bring in at least one addition.

"You have to give us time. We do our job as always. This season we bought five players who are all top quality so I think we have done really well on the transfer market and we try to repeat that in January," Wenger said.

Arsenal will be without English midfielder Jack Wilshere for three months after picking up an ankle injury in the 2-1 loss to Man United

Jack Wilshere, Paddy McNair, Marouane Fellaini, Arsenal, Manchester United, English Premier League

"I would like to remind you that, to buy football players, is not to go into a supermarket and just say: 'I want to buy a right back or a centre back.' It's to find the right quality.

"If you go out tomorrow you will see that everybody looks for the same positions everywhere. It's not as simple as it looks.

"In January it makes it even more difficult because players are even less available than in June or July. But we will try to be creative and have one or two good ideas.”

“In January we will, of course, try to get at least one body in,” the French boss added.

Fortunately for the FA Cup holders, star center-back Laurent Koscielny has returned to the squad and could be in contention for a starting spot in Saturday's away clash with West Brom, alongside Danny Welbeck, Wojciech Szczesny, and Yaya Sanogo.

Laurent Koscielny, Mathieu Flamini, Yaya Sanogo, Arsenal, West Brom, English Premier League

With the January transfer window over a month away, one player continuously linked with a switch to the Emirates is Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech. The 32-year-old veteran has seen his playing time diminish after Thibaut Courtois return, with many believing that Wenger is eying a move for the Czech custodian.

Le Prof, however, who is an admirer of Cech, denied any link with the Chelsea shot-stopper, saying “no” when asked about rumors of a bid.

No Emirates Stadium switch for Petr Cech, claims Wenger

Thibaut Courtois, Petr Cech, Chelsea, Arsenal, English Premier League

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