Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that transfer moves now look unlikely for the club in January.
The Gunners have been linked with a number of players in the winter window, including Lukas Podolski, Matias Suarez and Jan Vertonghen, but the French manager admits any business would now come as a surprise with just days left in the month.
"At the moment we are not close to signing anybody. The transfer market is internal for us. We recently played with ten players out, to have only two or three out would help us a lot, much more than the transfer marker," said Wenger during his pre-match press conference.
"You can look around at all the big clubs and who bought players? Nobody because you can’t find players at the moment who can strengthen big clubs."
Arsenal did make one significant move earlier this month, bringing club legend Thierry Henry to the Emirates Stadium on loan from the New York Red Bulls. The short-term switch became a fairytale against Leeds United, with the former French international coming off the bench to score the winner in the FA Cup third round clash.
It was a victory which set-up Arsenal's tie against Aston Villa on Sunday, and Wenger was speaking ahead of the clash against Alex McLeish's side in north London.
The comments will come as a disappointment to the club's loyal supporters, as a big-name signing could have lifted the spirits ahead of a challenge for a top four finish this season and a place in the Champions League next term.