Wenger on the Wigan win and not buying a striker in January
Written by Jeffrey on December 4, 2011 4:45
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insisted that the Gunners will not sign a striker during the January transfer window.
Speaking before and after the Wigan win on Saturday, the Frenchman explained that the Gunners dominated the game after a shaky first fifteen minutes adding that the players did well in every area of the pitch.
Asked if a new striker is being considered, the Arsenal boss again said that he has a big squad and even though Marouane Chamakh will leave for the African Nations Cup in January, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ju Young Park, Andrey Arshavin and Robin van Persie should be enough during the busy period of December and January.
Before and after Wigan, Wenger said:
Wigan started well, created some dangerous situations and surprised us at the start. After that 15 minutes we took control of the game and never looked like losing that.
Maybe a bit in the first five minutes of the second half. But overall we had a good team performance defensively and offensively.
The confidence is there and you could feel that in the way we played today. I can only congratulate the team.
They are growing and they are getting better and better. You could see there is something there to work on.
[A possible comeback?] I had that in my memory when it was 2-0 and they started strongly in the second half because they had done that last season.
I just felt that today we had too much for Wigan and that we looked solid at the back. We didn’t lose any goals in the fights and therefore of course we were under threat less defensively.
[A new striker?] At the moment, I do nothing in January. 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.