After struggling to maintain a top four spot in the Premier league during the first half of the season, the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that his team needs bolstering during the January transfer window in order to finish ahead of Tottenham. Wenger has stated on numerous occasions that finishing in the top four is far more important than winning the first trophy for the club since 2005. However, this club look extremely short on quality in order to finish ahead of the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham in the fourth position. The arch rivals Tottenham are already four points ahead of them in the table.
Due to the fact that players like Theo Walcott have been linked with a move away from the club in the summer, Wenger has indicated that he is likely to bring in a few players during January move to strengthen the team. Wenger is no stranger to being players during January with the likes of Andrei Arshavin brought to the club during this period. The team has also sent out Johan Djourou and Marouane Chamakh on a loan deal, which means that their options are limited in both areas of the pitch. Arsenal could only manage a 2-2 draw with Swansea during the weekend in the third round of the FA Cup.
“Abou Diaby’s coming back and if we find one or two on the transfer market, then we can cope with the fixture list. Let’s first keep the players we have and maybe add one or two. We lost Chamakh and Djourou now, so there’s some room. We should have won this game. I felt the first half was a bit locked and one-paced, as much as the second half became much more open,” said Wenger after the match with Swansea.