Posted on December 24, 2016 by ADMIN

Do Arsenal need to buy ANYONE in January?

Wenger suggests he has no transfer plans!

The January transfer window is just over a week away and so the rumours are now in full swing. Arsenal are linked with hundreds of players as per the usual, however does Wenger hold an interest in any of them? Wenger has always been cautious when speaking to the media about his interests in the transfer window and so often it’s been hard to tell exactly what his plan is. However in the build up to the transfer window, Wenger seems to have suggested there are no plans for incoming players to the Emirates this winter.

When questioned about his transfer window plans, Wenger revealed in his pre-match press conference: ‘Of course, because we have [Lucas] Perez, [Olivier] Giroud, [Danny] Welbeck, [Theo] Walcott, [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain and we have plenty of options offensively. Defensively, we are not in the need at the moment.’

It seems that Wenger appears to be happy with the strength of his squad, despite the team crumbling under the pressure of the busy winter schedule. I agree that Arsenal are packed full of quality in defence, despite our poor defensive record. The players we have in defence are experienced and they are a real quality calibre of players. Where our downfall may be is that when the injuries to Bellerin and Mustafi have occurred, the replacements in the wings may not have been up to scratch.

Arsenal’s midfield is arguably more competitive than any other in the league. Wenger has a selection of midfielders to choose from for every day, with every midfielder perfectly capable of replacing each other week in week out in my opinion. Currently due to injuries, Wenger’s rotation in midfield hasn’t been great, but I believe we are more than secure in midfield.

In attack, despite the heroics of Alexis so far this season, our attacking options still aren’t great in my opinion. Our wingers are largely inconsistent, whilst besides Alexis, Giroud and Perez haven’t cut it in the Premier League so far this season. Giroud has been a great impact sub, but is he going to offer Arsenal more than Alexis playing up front? As for Welbeck, he is soon to return to training, but can Arsene Wenger rely on Welbeck’s fitness for the rest of the season?

We all have our opinions in which area should be strengthened during the transfer window and I think on paper every area could still be improved in terms of quality. However it relies on the sales of the average players in the squad, as well of course the availability of talent on the market and the willing investment from Arsenal. Wenger’s words at the moment seem to suggest that we shouldn’t expect too much activity from Arsenal, but will there be a late Christmas present for the fans to enjoy in January?

By AH

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15 thoughts on “Do Arsenal need to buy ANYONE in January?

  1. HA559

    Forget it, the Manager and some of the players have lost it. They’re too comfortable in being players highly regarded by Wenger and are never punished, by being dropped, loaned out or sold. The Manager yet keeps showing the faith in them.

    I think we will win v WBA, if we do both the manager and probably Walcott will come out and say we responded very well to the two defeats.

    Notice when we lose Cech has to go explain everything post match. Yet if we win, most of the time Walcott comes out and talks about things it being ‘massive’. Like they weren’t against Everton and City.

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    1. HA559

      Don’t get me wrong, I also want Wenger to win the title again, but he is just to calm to his players. Then if Referee makes a bad decision for us he gets up and complains to the referee.

      Pat Rice, used to shout at pitch side, instructions, then Steve Bould used to do it in his first season and then 2nd season for a while, now he too has been sitting there beside Wenger. I don’t get this.

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  2. Break-on-through

    Yes, they need to buy Conte, buy him off. He’s Italian after all, give him 10m to s**t all over that clubs chances. Then pay me 1/2 a mil to hobble Jurgen Klopp, that might do it.

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  3. Break-on-through

    On a serious note. It can have a great effect on players seeing top reinforcements coming in. At the beginning of the season when players finally arrived we seen it with Walcott, Iwobi and Oxlade. Pushing harder, Theo esp as he worked his socks off. He surprised everyone just about. But he began getting a bit comfortable recently, he was still running and chasing back, but this time he went back to that thing when he stops 5 or 6 feet from the player, then lets him pick out a ball. Coquelin burst into life with the new competition arriving, he deserved to keep his place and maybe still does, Xhaka not ahead of him just yet. I’m talking from a perspective of if everyone were fit.

    So yes, the right player[s] in the right areas could spring us back into action, could get us back to the way we were when we beat Chelea and had that nice little unbeaten run.

    This window though you wouldn’t expect too many highly sought players entering the market. It’s easy for us to say, but in reality there’s allot of competition for the players that we want, and clubs don’t have to sell them in the first place. Which brings me to Draxler, I’m surprised there was no serious effort on our part, esp with the contract situations and us losing Alexis out wide. I’m not one of the fans that really really wanted this player, don’t know nearly enough about him. But I heard Arsene speak about him allot, so yes, it surprised me. I believe if we had offered what PSG were offering, we’d have him, with our German contingent I have no doubts about that. I’ll finish by saying I hope Arsenal surprise us this January.

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  4. Uzi Ozil

    Yes… We need to sign someone in January and that person is a new manager. Lol. #Pun Intended

    Merry Christmas to everyone here…Hopefully, we got box Westbrom on Boxing Day. Dropping six points in our last two games still hurt but onto the next one..

    My expectations wasn’t so high when the season started but I took a game one at a time and loved the way we handled some games. Oh well..

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  5. Midkemma

    Marcus Reus is the only player I really want atm.
    I want someone who can play on the left and be a real threat on a consistent basis, Draxler looked amazing a couple years ago but since he has dropped off a bit IMO, if Draxler hits his potential then he can still be an amazing player but we have a few potentials waiting from our youth team, I want someone a bit more complete.

    I wouldn’t say no to Draxler UNLESS it was for someone like Reus but Reus does look a real special talent, already showing he can be one of the most dangerous attackers in Europe.

    The whole Alexis issue is concerning me though, I would say we NEED to sign a top player to show him and Ozil that Arsenal are serious in the desire to win titles.

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  6. Ks-Gunner

    Do proper clubs buy everytime they get the chance to improve? Yes of course.

    Arsenal today are just an another Spurs with a better stadium in london. Thats all.

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  7. Wilshegz

    get a LB in Ricardo Rodriguez, a LW in Marco Reus, a CB in Van Dijk

    loan out Holding
    don’t renew Per’s contract
    renew Alexis n Ozil, give them what they want especially Alexis.
    sell or release Debuchy,Sanogo,Jenkinson it ll also free up their wages to be utilised on more important players like Alexis.

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  8. citrenoogeht

    I’m surprised no one hasn’t mentioned this before but we are crying out for a creative midfielder.

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