Arsene Wenger discusses January transfer plans

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has continued to insist that he does not need to spend money in the transfer window, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

Speaking ahead of the Gunners' Premier League match against Newcastle, the 65-year-old told The Mirror: "There will be very little activity. Quiet in the first three weeks, frenetic in the last few days. Usually the market not busy in January.

"If everybody is fit and available, we don't need to go into transfer market but we have to accept [Laurent] Koscielny has a question mark over fitness, so we may have to go into market."

Injuries are piling up

Wenger seems oblivious to the injury crisis that has been striking his side down for several seasons now. Arsenal have already struggled this season with Koscielny's ankle problem which has seen Nacho Monreal partner Per Mertesacker in the centre of defence.

Even more concerning for Arsenal is the fact that Monreal and Calum Chambers are both suspended for Saturday's game, meaning that Mertesacker is the only fit centre back in the team.

Wenger prepared to take massive gamble

If Koscielny stays fit, a big if, Wenger does not feel the need to sign another centre back, despite the side having just seven defenders which has already been decimated by injuries earlier in the year.

Arsenal are currently sixth in the table, four points adrift of four placed West Ham. Given the Hammers and Southampton's impressive performances so far this season there is a real chance that Arsenal could miss out on Champions league football for the first time in 18 years.

Transfer rumours about Arsenal's search for a centre back never really ended with the summer transfer window. The Gunners have been linked with moves for Celtic's Virgil van Dijk and West Ham's Winston Reid but neither player will come cheap and the club will more than likely miss out if Wenger remains reluctant to open the cheque book.

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