Wenger plays down prospect of January signings

Date published: Friday 11th December 2015 11:15

Arsene Wenger West Brom

Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal “are short” due to injuries, but the manager has played down the prospect of making any January signings.

Arsenal have been crippled by injuries to Santi Cazorla, Alexis Sanchez, Francis Coquelin and more, with Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama reportedly identified as their priority signing in January.

While it seems pretty clear Arsenal need at least some back-up in central midfield – Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini are their current first choice, with Calum Chambers next in line – Wenger remains coy on any possible additions.

“We will be out there and seeing what we can do, but we have the whole of December to go and we are in a strong position in the Premier League,” Wenger said. “But we are short and it is important that we don’t lose any more players.

“On one side people want you to have seven strikers, on the other side when you rest one they ask you why you are not playing him.”

Asked about the reports on Wanyama in particular, Wenger added: “I rate the player, but we are not on the case.”

Arsenal head into their weekend clash with Aston Villa in high spirits after securing a place in the Champions League last 16 by beating Olympiakos 3-0, with Wenger adding: “It was a fantastic performance but now we are in the last 16 let’s focus on the Premier League where we are in a fantastic position.”

The Gunners are second in the Premier League table, just two points behind leaders Leicester, but with just 10 points separating 1st from 11th, Wenger believes this season will see a wide-open title race.

The Frenchman said: “I think it could be as many as six to eight teams competing for the Premier League title.”

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