By Jack Martin
It’s that time of the year again… Rumours spread like wildfire as clubs and managers look to add extra quality to their squads to help achieve their targets.
However, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has long insisted that finding value and quality mid-season is nigh-on impossible. The Frenchman is not a fan of the January transfer window.
That won’t stop Gooners from furiously searching the web to find out which players are being linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium.
But perhaps they should pause to consider whether any signings are even required.
Here, we evaluate the reasons why Wenger can afford to avoid entering the market.
Lack of quality available
With half the season left, few clubs wish to sell their best assets in January. They tend, therefore, to elevate the price of their star players to astronomical amounts.
A quick look at the current transfer window shows that business is very quiet. Most of the big sides have already ruled themselves out of entering a market which is plagued with inflation and uncertainty.
Arsenal’s squad is already bursting at the seams, with key players still to return from injury. Making risky, over-priced signings this month would be bordering on stupidity.
The recent return of Danny Welbeck to the Arsenal squad is a massive boost to the Gunners’ hopes of sustaining their Premier League challenge.
Also on their way back are skipper Per Mertesacker and versatile midfielder Santi Cazorla (left). Their experience will really count as the title race heats up.
Meanwhile, Mohamed Elneny will return to north London after his Africa Cup of Nations commitments with Egypt end.
Such quality in reserve suggests Wenger has the tools needed to compete on both the domestic and European fronts in the coming months.
A rundown of the Arsenal squad shows that each position is covered by two or even three players. This suggests adding further reinforcements in this window would be wasteful.
The sight of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lucas Perez and Danny Welbeck on the bench strengthens the view that Arsenal have more than enough in their ranks to compete.
Of course, a flurry of injuries could strike at any time. But the likes of Rob Holding, Emiliano Martinez and Jeff Reine Adelaide are more than capable of adding some youthful exuberance to a star-studded line up.
Having won four and drawn one of the last five league matches, the Gunners have restored some consistency and momentum. This has enabled them to hang onto the coattails of runaway leaders Chelsea.
New players coming into the squad could upset the applecart and destroy the stability that Wenger has re-established in recent weeks.
This will be an essential quality if the North Londoners are going to push the fight for the title to the wire.
Therefore, Arsenal should stick with what they’ve got and trust in their current squad to deliver.
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