Arsene Wenger has stated he will not be pressured into making panic signings in January, despite injury concerns surrounding Aaron Ramsey, Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal.
With Aaron Ramsey picking up a hamstring injury in the 4-1 win against Galatasaray midweek, Arsenal fans have been left annoyed as another player falls to injury this season.
Ramsey put in possibly his best performance of the season as he rediscovered his incredible form of last term by notching two goals and one that can only be described as a screamer against the Turkish side.
Wenger shared the sentiment by stating: "It's a shame because he was getting close to matching last season's form.”
Ramsey is a huge blow as Arsenal face an in form Newcastle side and an Alan Pardew who will be on top of the world after winning the manager of the month award, despite Newcastle fans wanting his head just several weeks before.
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Wenger has been faced with predicaments all season and with the fans starting to turn on the Frenchman the last thing he needs is Ramsey joining the injury list. However, Wenger is optimistic about the future and about several players returning from injury.
"He [Koscielny] has a calf strain and that's why he's out,” said Wenger.
"He [Gibbs] is available and Flamini is available too.
“Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck are fit and rested.”
Arsenal have been very inconsistent this season and lie 6th in the Premier League but have qualified foe the next round of the Champions League. Arsenal fans feel they need to add in the January transfer window even without the extensive injury list but Wenger is adamant that Arsenal are strong enough to stay in the title race.
"We are united for one target: to do well for the club we love and that's what we want to achieve.
"We are united for one target: to do well for the club we love and that's what we want to achieve."
"Society wants to win the next game and it's a permanent tribunal for everyone."
No more buys
The Arsenal back-line is severely depleted with the losses of Nacho Monreal, Laurent Koscielny and the suspended Calum Chambers. Many believe the defensive problems are the downfall of Arsenal's season but it has also not been helped that senior defenders such as Bacary Sagna and Thomas Vermaelen left the club this summer.
Per Mertesacker has come under scrutiny this season for not stepping up and not helping the youngsters who have been brought in the Gunners' side this season. With Mertesacker a World Cup and F.A Cup winner many feel he is not fitting the criteria of a commanding centre half that can lead Arsenal to future glories. After the shambolic display against Stoke they make a strong argument.
With Wenger's head on the block this season he will need a win this weekend against the Magpies, but even that might not be enough to keep the boo boys off his back as they feel Wenger has taken money by selling their best players and not invested the money back correctly.
It's still to be seen whether Arsenal will win their 4th place trophy this season but they need to shore up in the defence before they can think about challenging for the title.