Tuesday, 31 January 2017

No more further signings before the transfer window closes says Wenger

Arsene Wenger has ruled out the possibility of Arsenal making any signings before the January transfer window closes.

The Gunners have spent just £40,000 this month on Cohen Bramall from Hednesford Town as they have focused instead on renegotiating contracts for existing players.

Although the futures of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez remain uncertain, the club have announced fresh agreements for Francis Coquelin, Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny. Danny Welbeck marked his first start since April by netting a brace in Saturday’s 5-0 FA Cup win at Southampton and with Santi Cazorla now the only first-team player suffering a lengthy injury absence, Wenger believes there is no need to make further acquisitions before tomorrow’s 11pm deadline.

“On our front, we have a big squad,” said the Gunners boss.

“We are not in need of buying. On a general front it has been very quiet.

That shows that there are not many players available who can strengthen English teams.

It also shows that all the teams in England, especially the big teams, have big squads. That’s why not a lot happened.

“I believe that number-wise and quality-wise, we have what is required to do well. Now it’s down to us to perform and to produce with the quality of our focus, the quality of our ambition and desire to produce the performance in every single game.

“Danny’s return, the quality of all our players… on the offensive front we played at Southampton with Lucas Perez, Theo Walcott and Welbeck. 

Olivier Giroud was not involved, Alexis Sanchez was on the bench, Mesut Ozil did not play, so offensively we have a very strong squad.”

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