Wenger knows he needs defensive reinforcements this January.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he and his staff will be working “night and day” to bring new players to the Emirates Stadium this January, report the Telegraph, after the Frenchman bemoaned the defensive injuries that have blighted his team after right back Mathieu Debuchy was ruled out for three months.
Debuchy picked up a shoulder injury in an innocuous challenge with Stoke City winger Marko Arnautovic last weekend, but it is set to rule him out for three months after the necessity for surgery was confirmed, leaving Wenger with teenagers Calum Chambers and Hector Bellerin as his options at right back.
The report suggests that Wenger has a transfer budget of around £20 million to work with this January – and the Arsenal manager indicated that he would be working hard to ensure that it was spent and the gaps in his squad were filled:
“We have [Calum] Chambers and we have [Héctor] Bellerín, who is coming on well, and I want to give them a chance as well, but of course we are in the market like many other clubs.”
“We work really hard morning until late night to try to get one or two players in.”
The Gunners still have ground to make up on the top four, if they are to overhaul the likes of Manchester United and Southampton in the race for a Champions League qualification place, but the performance in the 3-0 win over the Potters last weekend and the form of Alexis Sanchez are both promising signs for Wenger.