Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Arsenal will be dipping into the January transfer market, but did admit the Gunners are not close to signing anybody.
Wenger claims that Arsenal will indeed be active in the January window but on who and what position we don’t know. “I cannot give you any news on any transfer because we are not close to signing anybody,” he said.
“We signed a Greek boy (Mavropanos) who looks quite good in training but apart from that, we have not done anything. Will we be out there to do something? Yes we will. Yes (there could be developments this week), because we are in the second week of January and, after that, it passes quickly.”
Wenger rarely makes big January signings. In fact, he hasn’t made a large mid-season purchase since Andrey Arshavin in 2008/09. The Frenchman is mostly opposed to the winter window as he would rather work with the players he’s got.
Unless we’re suffering from an injury crisis, in which case we sign someone like Mohamed Elneny… no offence, Mo.
With this in mind, we have no assurances that any signing the Gunners do make in January will be a decent one or even a first-team one.
As the boss mentioned, we’ve already signed a ‘Greek boy’, a.k.a. Konstantinos Mavropanos, but he’s not ready to play for the first-team, and is rumoured to be off to Werder Bremen on loan soon.
As far as the rumour mill is concerned, Arsenal may not be lining up a big-name signing this month, even if the worst happens and we lose Mesut Ozil and/or Alexis Sanchez.
There seems to be more gossip surrounding players who can’t wait to leave the club than those who want to come to north London. Will Wenger make good on his word? Only time will tell.