Arsene Wenger has claimed that he will only buy a striker in January if injuries take their toll on his squad. The boss has been widely tipped to dip into the club’s coffers in the New Year with concerns growing about the reliance on Robin van Persie’s goals.
Nevertheless, despite admitting that Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh’s absence at the African Cup of Nations will stretch his resources it appears Arsene is more than happy to allow the likes of Ju Young Park, Andrey Arshavin and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to fill the attacking void.
Speaking to the media this afternoon, Wenger explained:
“At the moment, I do nothing in January. I have a big squad, but if you knock at my door and say ‘I have a fantastic player for you’, I will not turn it down.
“If we have no injuries, we should get away with it because we have Oxlade-Chamberlain, who can play there, Park, Arshavin and Van Persie. So we still have offensive players, but we could be a bit short if we have an injury.”
Asked whether there was a chance of Moroccan international Chamakh leaving on loan, Wenger hinted that if it weren’t for his international duty it might have been an option.
“It is a confidence issue [with Chamakh], but it is difficult to loan him now because of the African Nations Cup. They come back in February, usually quite tired, so it is not easy.
“They need to go out two weeks before the tournament starts then it lasts two and a half weeks, then they need two weeks’ recovery. So it is six weeks.”
While it wouldn’t be the first time that Arsene has called the media’s bluff when it comes to his transfer activity, Arseblog News urges a word of caution as silly season builds up steam. It’s all well and good being linked with spending £30 million on continental wonderkids, but stop and ask yourself the following. If our highest ever transfer is in the £16 million region, are we likely to spend double that on a single player? Furthermore, ask if we’re likely to spend that amount in a January window when prices are ridiculously inflated…see where we’re going.
A new face or two maybe. Superstars? Probably not.