Tough times ahead for Emirates Stadium side.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger risks breaking up his squad by not strengthening this month.
The London Evening Standard says it seems likely Arsenal will not sign anyone this month with Wenger entrusting the responsibility of finishing in the top four to his current squad.
Champions League football is a minimum requirement to ensure contract talks run smoothly with Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott, who has 18 months left on his current deal, while Marouane Chamakh is expected to made surplus to requirements in the summer.
It seems clear for all to see, with the exception of Arsene Wenger, that Arsenal’s current squad is struggling to win a spot in the top four as an injury crisis and a raft of under-performing players threatens to derail the Gunners season. The North London club have gone six seasons without silverware and watched on as the likes of Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas and Gael Clichy left in the summer only to be replaced by players who arguably don’t even come to adequately filling the void left by each of the trio.
Now it appears according to the London Evening Standard that things may go from bad to worse. Arsenal started the season poorly but got their form back on track for a few months before the club’s injury problems really kicked in, leaving Wenger without any recognised full backs. It also became clear that Robin Van Persie was ploughing a lone furrow up front with the likes of Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh failing to offer adequate support.
Many would have expected Arsene Wenger to do some business this month, although clearly knowing that the Frenchman was unlikely to spend big. However if the Arsenal boss stubbornly decides to not make a single purchase then the club’s hopes of a top four finish will be severely undermined, leaving Robin Van Persie and Theo Walcott to consider their futures this summer.
Currently Arsenal are four point from fourth place Chelsea going into the big home clash with Man United and have Newcastle United and Liverpool just behind them in the table to boot.