Arsène Wenger: I’d only sign a ‘fantastic player’ in January

Arsenal manager insists he is happy with his squad and will only look to sign a player in January if there is an offer he can't refuse

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Arsène Wenger insists he has no plans to splash the cash in January – unless he has the chance to sign a “fantastic” player.

The Arsenal manager is convinced the Gunners have enough quality in their squad to continue their push for a top-four finish in the league as they continue their recovery from a disastrous start to the season.

However, Wenger admits that injuries could cause him to think again about possible new signings in the winter transfer window.

“At the moment, I do nothing in January,” Wenger said. “I have a big squad, but if you knock at my door and say ‘I have a fantastic player for you’, I will not turn it down.

“If we have no injuries, we should get away with it because we have [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain, who can play there, [Chu-young] Park, [Andrey] Arshavin and Van Persie. So we still have offensive players, but we could be a bit short if we have an injury.”

Marouane Chamakh, who has largely been kept out of Wenger’s starting line-up by an in-form Robin van Persie, has been struggling for form this season.

But the Gunners boss played down suggestions he could send the Morrocan out on a short-term loan this term. “It is a confidence issue [with Chamakh], but it is difficult to loan him now because of the African Nations Cup,” he said. “They come back in February, usually quite tired, so it is not easy.

“They need to go out two weeks before the tournament starts then it lasts two and a half weeks, then they need two weeks’ recovery. So it is six weeks.”

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