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Wenger: No more January business for Arsenal

Arsene Wenger has no plans to make any further January signings bolster his Arsenal squad in the closing days of the transfer window.

Wenger has no plans to further strengthen his squad. Credit: PA

The north London club, who are three points adrift of Leicester as they bid to win their first Barclays Premier League title in over a decade, signed Egypt international Mohamed Elneny earlier this month.

But Wenger, speaking ahead of his side's FA Cup fourth-round tie against Burnley on Saturday, is anticipating a quiet deadline day at the Emirates Stadium.

Asked if any more players could arrive before the window closes, Wenger said: "No, not at the moment.

"We have 23 players in training - and plus two is 25 - so unless people go out we are not on the verge of bringing anybody in."


Arsenal boss to travel to Stoke on train despite abuse

Arsene Wenger will again travel to Stoke on the train with his Arsenal squad despite the abuse they received following defeat at the Britannia Stadium last season.

The Gunners were beaten 3-2 in Staffordshire last December and Wenger and his players came in for criticism from angry supporters as they boarded their train back to London.

Wenger will travel on the train again. Credit: PA

This season there is more goodwill from fans as Arsenal sit top of the Barclays Premier League despite conceding a last-gasp equaliser in a 3-3 draw at Liverpool on Wednesday.

And, despite his belief that there could an escalation in such occurrences in the future, Wenger has no plans to change the way the team travel to Stoke - where Arsenal have won just once in the league in the last 25 years.

When asked if Arsenal would again travel by train, Wenger replied: "Yes.

"We travel in what we think is the best and the shortest way. You want as well not to be isolated too much because you want contact with people who love the club, you want contact with the fans.

"I took it (the abuse from supporters) as people who were upset because we lost a game and didn't take it personally.

"It was my function and the fact that I'm responsible for the club that was attacked. I didn't take it (personally).

"I was sad and upset more by the result than by the individual reactions of people, which I can understand. When you love a club, you want the results to be positive."

Eleneny move to Arsenal held up over complications

Arsene Wenger has revealed Mohamed Elneny's proposed transfer from Basle has become complicated - but he still expects the midfielder to sign for Arsenal.

Egypt international Elneny has been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium since before the transfer window opened.

Elneny is still expected to sign for Arsenal. Credit: PA

But the deal is yet to be completed, despite Basle confirming the 23-year-old had missed recent training sessions to seal the transfer.

Addressing the media ahead of Arsenal's FA Cup third-round clash with Sunderland, Wenger admitted there are one or two snags.

"It is complicated a little bit," he said. "But we are working hard on it and hopefully in the next two or three days we will get to the end of it.

"I don't rule out anyone else, but he will be at least one of the signings that comes into an area where we are short at the moment."

Wenger also said reports the club were looking at signing Watford striker Troy Deeney were wide of the mark, as was speculation linking Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with a move to London rivals Chelsea.

Wenger blames referee for Southampton loss

Arsene Wenger was far from happy with Jonathan Moss after Arsenal's 4-0 loss to Southampton. Credit: PA

Arsene Wenger insisted that referee Jonathan Moss was responsible for three of Southampton's four goals after they thrashed Arsenal at St Mary's.

Well, I think Southampton made the game very physical. We lost too many challenges and that explains why we lost the game. But that's one aspect, so well done to them.

The second aspect is that on the first three goals we were really unlucky with the decision of the referee.

The first goal was offside, the second goal was a foul and third goal was a goal kick, so if you're a bit below par and on top of that you have the first three goals against you in the decision-making then it's even more difficult.

On top of that, well done Southampton and I hope in the next game we have this kind of decisions for us.

– Arsene Wenger in his post-match press conference


Arsenal manager claims TV billions have made Premier League more competitive

The Premier League's surging television revenue has allowed even smaller clubs to attract best players from Europe and made England's top flight more competitive, according to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

Wenger claims the new TV deal has created a more even playing field. Credit: PA

A lucrative new domestic broadcast deal, a 70 percent increase on the existing one, comes into effect next season and the richest clubs, with their incredible financial might, will no longer be able to cherry-pick the best players, according to Arsenal's manager.

Speaking ahead of tonight's Premier League match against Man City, he said:

What is for sure is that the Premier League has so much financial power that the lower teams who spent a bit less, they can still buy the best players in Valencia, in Lyon, and that makes the league much more competitive.

That means Chelsea or the other clubs (can be told), it's not 40 million pounds ($59.64 million), and then they start to think about it.

(Smaller teams) can say no because they speculate on the inflation that will happen. They think that the money comes in so next year, it can double.

– Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Arsenal manager admits he loves a good bargain

Arsene Wenger may not have much in common with Black Friday shoppers but the Arsenal boss admits he loves a genuine bargain as much as anyone.

Arsene Wenger was told about Black Friday earlier today. Credit: PA

With Britain braced for another day of massive sales across most retail sectors, Wenger will be preparing his side for Sunday's Premier League trip to Norwich.

The Frenchman has indicated his intention to strengthen his squad during the January transfer window - expected to be a defensively-minded midfielder - and while he knows bargain buys make everyone happy his own idea of a steal may differ from that of the Black Friday masses.

After having the concept explained to him, Wenger said:

I love a bargain. Who doesn't love a bargain? I don't know many people that don't like a bargain. If they need two TVs, yes. But if they don't need one, why should they buy two? That's where you come back to what is a bargain.

What is a bargain for us is to buy players of top quality, because only top quality strengthens our squad. I can tell you I bought Patrick Vieira for £2.5million and it was a top bargain because he was a top-quality player.

We spent nearly £40million on Mesut Ozil but I still consider it a bargain because the player is top quality and the priority has to be the quality of the player.

– Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger explains Arsenal January transfer plans

Wenger is looking to strengthen Arsenal's squad in January. Credit: PA

Arsene Wenger is ready to enter the January transfer market to avoid an injury crisis at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners are still missing a host of first-team players heading into Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash at Norwich and were hit with the news that midfielder Francis Coquelin faces three months on the sidelines after injuring his knee in the defeat at West Brom last weekend.

Wenger said:

We are in a position where we want to do something.

If I find the right quality I will do something. (The injury to) Arteta is short term but Coquelin as I told you is much longer but the scans are positive because he does not need any surgery, but it will be 12 weeks.

Walcott goes through a few tests and steps but the first one was successful. He started running again on Tuesday morning and had no reaction. He has no big hurdle to get across today and hopefully he will be successful.

– Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
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