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Wenger only in market for 'exceptional' players

December 26, 2012

Arsene Wenger has opened himself up to a fresh fans’ backlash by dropping his first major hint that he will NOT spend big in January.

Arsenal boss Wenger says he is only in the market for an “exceptional” player as he began his semi-annual game of dampening down supporters’ hopes of major buys in the transfer window.

Although Wenger has serious money to spend, he may now wait until the summer after three straight wins in the Premier League put the Gunners back into the top four for Christmas.

He said: “We are in the market, but only if we find players who will really strengthen us because we have a good squad. But if we find an exceptional player then we will take him.

“We lacked fluidity in our attacks (in the weekend's 1-0 victory at Wigan) and continuity in our attacking play, but we won because of our will to win, and with the way things are now I won’t turn my nose up at that.”

Wenger is set to re-sign Gunners icon Thierry Henry on a short-term loan from New York Red Bulls, but that is unlikely to be enough to appease the fans.

Arsenal have been looking to strengthen their attack and bring in a midfielder, but Wenger is not a major fan of the January window.

His No.1 attacking target, Schalke and Holland striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, has signed a new contract to stay in the Bundesliga.

But Atletico Madrid’s Adrian Lopez, David Villa of Barcelona and Newcastle’s Demba Ba are all on the radar.

They also face a battle with Manchester United and Spurs for Wilfried Zaha, with the Crystal Palace kid likely to choose between United and the Gunners.

Arsenal will look to offload Andrey Arshavin and Marouane Chamakh in January as Wenger looks to shake up the squad – but Arsenal fans could end up disappointed again.


Source: DailyMirror


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