Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger remains adamant that he will not need to spend during the January transfer window, despite the Gunners being exposed defensively and mentally on several occasions in the Premier League this season.
Domestically, Arsenal’s young guns have found consistent form hard to come buy despite showing rare glimpses of quality in away matches at Bolton, Blackburn and Fenerbahce. Defeats against League newcomers Hull and Stoke City as well as relegation-threatened Fulham have shown some cause for concern though.
The North London giants have once again been linked with hundreds of players outside of the transfer window, but Wenger admits he is unlikely to bring any players in during that period.
“You can expect Arsenal to be active tomorrow at 12.45 and for the rest January is a long time away. I believe that this team personally is very strong and recently they don’t get any credit. But it’s a good moment for this young team to grow together, show resilience, show strengths and an opportunity to be a strong team in the future.
“Good players can always help you but I believe at the moment I have good players here. I do not want to focus on January and I am not sure at all that I will buy.
“The solution is not always to buy players. The solution for me at the moment is to trust the players I have because I trust their strengths and I trust their intelligence, so let’s show it.”
Tomorrow’s game against current Premier and Champions League holders Manchester United spells the first of many tough home fixtures versus England’s elite. High-flyers Aston Villa, and an Wigan side lead upfront by Egyptian marksman Amir Zaki pose a different sort of threat to the one usually given out by league sides.
Don’t forget, you can follow all the pre-match build-up here on Gooner Talk, with a match report published on the blog immediately after the full time whistle blows.
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