Wenger not expecting additions


Arsene Wenger does not expect, at the present time, that he will make any reinforcements during the January transfer window.

The Arsenal boss was particularly frantic during the summer market after the departures of Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy left his squad in desperate need of bolstering.

Per Mertesacker, Mikel Arteta, Yossi Benayoun and Andre Santos all arrived at the Emirates Stadium in the closing days of the transfer window and have gradually settled in at Arsenal.

However, amid reports that Wenger is keen to bring in some support for Robin van Persie, the Gunners' boss is not planning any business.

"At the moment, I do nothing in January,” he said. “I have a big squad, but if you knock at my door and say 'I have a fantastic player for you', I will not turn it down.

"If we have no injuries, we should get away with it because we have Oxlade-Chamberlain, who can play there, Park, Arshavin and Van Persie. So we still have offensive players, but we could be a bit short if we have an injury.”

Wenger, though, is aware he will be without at least one of his forwards for a significant period in the New Year, as Marouane Chamakh prepares to go to the African Cup of Nations.

And Wenger realises the Moroccan international will need plenty of rest after his exploits in Gabon and Equatorial New Guinea.

"It is a confidence issue [with Chamakh], but it is difficult to loan him now because of the African Nations Cup,” he added. “They come back in February, usually quite tired, so it is not easy.

"They need to go out two weeks before the tournament starts then it lasts two and a half weeks, then they need two weeks' recovery. So it is six weeks."

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