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Top Journalist: This is why Arsenal didn’t make any major signings in January

The Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern are not very happy with Arsenal’s lack of January activity…

The Gunners, who sit 9 points behind Premier League leaders, Chelsea, are clearly one step behind a number of the teams around them in the English top flight – and that has left the Arsenal fans in the Tavern clamouring for more.

One argument that is often spread around the Tavern is that the Gunners are too reliant on Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil, and that Wenger needs to sign another top name to balance it out. In fairness, this is an argument that is hard to dispute – and as a result, the Arsenal fans were left feeling frustrated when nothing came to fruition.

However, it would appear as though esteemed journalist John Cross knows the reason for Arsenal’s lack of business – and it certainly wasn’t because Wenger didn’t want to sign anyone.

In a piece for the Mirror, John Cross has revealed that Arsenal “spent big last summer, don’t have significant funds available for transfers until this summer when new budgets kick in”.

Interestingly, he has also noted that any and all funds that the Gunners can find are being “pointed towards keeping Sanchez and Ozil” – with the long-term futures of the duo clearly a top priority for Wenger.

This is not a very popular move with the Arsenal fans in the Tavern, with a new central midfielder what the Gunners in the Tavern are demanding. This is particularly relevant today, given that Francis Coquelin is, at present, Arsenal’s only fit first-team central defender.

In fairness to Arsenal, though, no top side in the Premier League really invested heavily in January – and so their lack of funds doesn’t appear to be an issue that is exclusive to them.

Arsenal fans – thoughts?

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