Arsene Wenger has dismissed any possibility of signing Napoli forward Edinson Cavani in January and doesn’t think he will find any other big names for similar reasons.
Arsenal were linked with a big money bid for the Uruguay forward, but the Gunners boss denied this and claimed the Serie A club would only sell if offered a huge transfer fee.
“Napoli are playing for the championship and the Champions League in Italy. So what is the interest of Napoli to sell Cavani? None,” he told reporters.
“Unless you say, ‘Okay, we pay twice the price of what the player is worth.’”
The inability to field Cavani in the Champions League last 16 tie against Bayern Munich was also stated as a reason as to why Wenger would not move for him, and the Frenchman added to that something many Arsenal supporters were dreading.
“He is also cup-tied for the Champions League on top of that - all the players who can strengthen us are cup-tied in the Champions League,” he added.
“We can spend the money that we have decided to spend, if it is for a player we think gives us a plus.”
Arsenal have been criticised for a failure to show consistency going forward this season, so Wenger saying signings in the January transfer window are unlikely will disappoint many.
This season has seen the Gunners produce their lowest ever points tally after 21 games since Wenger took charge and the side’s inconsistency has brought cries for the Emirates Stadium outfit to spend money on more recruits.
Wenger admitted there was money to spend on the right man and that improvements could be made, but dismissed concerns that the current squad does not have what it takes to finish in the top four once more.
“We can strengthen everywhere. At the moment, it is more important that the team remains focused. If we find something, we will do it,” he continued.
“But I prefer to do business in the summer and have identified players for then. Even if you buy anybody, you have no guarantee that you will be in the top four.
"You think we cannot get into the top four as we are now? I think we can.”
Wenger’s next opponents will be one of those standing in the way of a top four finish – Sunday sees them make a difficult trip to Stamford Bridge, where a loss to Chelsea would leave them trailing the Blues by 11 points.