Arsenal fans hoping for recruits to solve their problems in defence and defensive midfield may well be disappointed as Arsene Wenger will not be given the huge spending power he had this summer for the coming January transfer window.
According to the Daily Mail, Gunners bosses have told the Frenchman that he can splash no more that £30million on new players to address the issues that have caused some concern among fans at the beginning of the club’s Premier League and Champions League campaigns.
Summer signing Mathieu Debuchy was ruled out for at least six weeks by Wenger, after he damaged ankle ligaments in the 2-2 draw with Manchester City at Emirates Stadium last weekend.
The France international was first choice at right-back and was a big loss, though it was made worse against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday when both Calum Chambers and Nacho Monreal missed out through injury, meaning 19-year-old Hector Bellerin had to make his debut in the poor 2-0 defeat.
Mikel Arteta’s lack of mobility was also highlighted as a problem in that game, with the German side taken advantage on numerous occasions. Arsenal’s captain was making his first appearance after injury due to Mathieu Flamini also being injured – the Frenchman has also drawn criticism.
Two main concerns
Defence and defensive midfield were the two areas most people thought would be addressed by Wenger in the summer, but his lack of action left them dumbfounded and their worst fears confirmed once a few injuries were suffered.
With £30million the budget, Gunners supporters are likely only to see one of the two come in, if at all. No signing is also a very realistic possibility, as Wenger is rarely drawn into spending during the middle of the season.