Despite most of us here at the Football Transfer Tavern feeling that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is under more pressure than at any other time in his career, Goal.com reports that he is still not going to dip into the transfer market this January – unless there is an ‘exceptional’ player of course.
Whilst our punters feel that there are more than a few positions in which Arsenal could do with reinforcements in, Wenger is holding firm on his usual January transfer market policy and keeping a calm head. The Frenchman claims that: “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.”
Of course just how exceptional anyone who comes onto the market in the January sales remains to be seen. With a shot in his hand, our landlord points out that the club are 13 points off current league leaders Manchester United and are facing one of the toughest draws in the Champions League last 16 in Bayern Munich. It’s fair to say that the Arsenal fans are craving some reinforcements and are fast losing patience with the manager’s cautious tact.
Arsenal have been called a feeder club in recent seasons, and despite sniffing around both David Villa and Demba Ba, the club look set to be snubbed by both.