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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Wenger refuses to rule out January shopping

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hinted that he may be forced into the transger market in January should the right players become available.

Follwoing the protracted departures of Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas last summer Wenger had to rush his summer shopping, with deals for the likes of Andre Santos, Mikel Arteta and Per Mertesacker completed with hours , even minutes to spare in some cases.

All that upheaval led to a unsettled start on the pitch, with that now infamous 8-2 defeat at Manchester United the nadir.

They remain outsiders in the Premier league betting given the flying start by Manchester City, but such is their form and experience at the competing at the top of the table, they should not be discounted.

In Robin van Persie they have a striker in the form of his life and is just three goals short of equalling Alan Shearer’s records of 36 goals in a calendar year. Van Persie is a safe choice is you want to bet on the top scorer.

However, the Dutchman has struggled with injuries in recent years and such is the reliance on him at present (though Wenger won’t admit it) a further knock would seriously damage The Gunners’ chances.

Therefore the London club may yet be tempted to do some January shopping, despite the winter window being a notoriously hard place to shop, especially for someone like Wenger, who is resistant to paying over-the-top transfer fees.

"We lose players like Chamakh and Gervinho to the Africa Cup of Nations so hopefully, touch wood, we do not get any injuries to our strikers. But if an opportunity turns up in that department then we will buy,"

"Economically the whole environment has changed and people suffer more. The clubs will suffer more financially and it's much more difficult. Maybe we will have some opportunities because we are in a good financial situation."

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