Arsenal scout Brian McDermott has told fans not to expect any transfer business in the January window as Arsene Wenger will only spend if he deems it "absolutely necessary".
The Gunners were the only team in Europe's top five divisions not to sign an outfield player in the summer transfer window. Despite calls for Wenger to sign a world-class striker, Petr Cech remained their only addition.
Wenger's decision not to add has been justified up until now. Arsenal are currently level of points with Premier League leaders Manchester City and have been tipped by almost every pundit on the planet to challenge for the title.
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However, a familiar injury crisis – Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have all been ruled out for at least three weeks each – has exposed a common frailty in the Arsenal squad: depth.
Regardless of how bad the injury crisis gets, McDermott believes the Frenchman will stick to his policy of only buying top, top quality players. With January a notoriously difficult time to do business, the writing appears to be on the wall already.
"The manager won't spend unless he thinks it’s absolutely necessary," McDermott told Sky Sports.
"The scouting structure at Arsenal is phenomenal. We all know who the top strikers in the world are. Can you get them to come? They won't be available in January that's an absolute certainty."
Arsenal can expect the aforementioned trio to all be back and playing before December rolls around, so there is, indeed, no need to panic just yet.
But with just two points separating the top four, a major addition in the January window could make all the difference for Arsenal. A deal for an established star like Karim Benzema would surely be inconceivable, but Wenger appears to be ready to strike if a rare opportunity arises.