Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hinted that he will add to his squad in the January transfer window, but only if right players become available.
The Gunners have suffered from injuries to key players and lack of defensive cover so far this season. Wenger is expected to be on the look out for a defender, with a defensive midfielder also being high on his wishlist.
The French manager confirmed that he will not be moving for any offensive players, but suggested that they are still a little short in midfield.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, he said:
There is a need there but the right opportunity has to come up. To buy [just] to buy is not what we want to do, but if the right opportunity comes up, we will do it.
If you look at the number of games some players played, and the injuries we have with Wilshere, Ramsey and Arteta, we are a bit short at the moment in midfield.
Offensively we have many options [when everyone is fit], too many to keep everyone involved with the right number of games, that is for sure.
I don’t really doubt [loan deals] in some positions where players need experience. That’s not the case for Podolski but players who need practice because they’re at a very young age like Sanogo, it is not impossible.
The comments more or less rule out the possibility of Arsenal signing Edison Cavani putting an end to an array of rumours currently doing the rounds in the media. It is definitely the right decision from Wenger as we are very much full in that department.
We definitely need a defender as it is just impossible for us to mount a credible top four challenge with just 2 recognised center backs. We have already paid the price for not signing a center back in the summer as the likes of Chambers, Debuchy and Monreal were forced to play in the center which only aided to the vulnerability of our defence.
If we can sign a center back who could come in and replace either of Mertesacker or Koscielny without compromising on the quality, it will be good enough for us to maintain a stabilised back line. We desperately need a defensive midfielder who can protect our back line and also dominate the opposition. The likes of Schneiderlin and Carvalho are available and priced well with in our grasps, so it shouldn’t be so hard for us to bring one of them in.
We are improving with each passing game and in some good form going into the New Year and if we can plug the aforementioned gaps in January, then we should definitely be good enough for a fourth place.
Who should we sign in January?