Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that he will look to buy at least one player in the January transfer window in order to bolster his squad.
The French tactician was speaking after watching his side secure a hard-fought 1-0 win over Newcastle United at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon, with the victory taking them two points clear at the top of the Premier League table.
While it appears as though the Gunners are set to sustain their title push this season, they have suffered several injuries to key players and in turn that looks as though it could force Wenger into action in the transfer market in the next few weeks.
“Ideally, I would like first our injuries to come back. After that, I think at least one [new signing],” Wenger said, as reported by Sky Sports.
“We have still players with a lack of experience in midfield, like [Calum] Chambers, [Alex] Iwobi, [Jeff] Reine-Adelaide, [Joseph] Willock. They can all play, but at the moment, because there is so much at stake, it is very difficult to get the young players to start, but they have the quality.”
While the Frenchman was keen to praise the players for their effort in overcoming a stubborn Newcastle side, he will have to address the lack of numbers that he has at his disposal, particularly with the Champions League set to return next month.
The veteran boss conceded that some of his players have been feeling fatigued after the busy Christmas schedule, and the absence of important individuals hasn’t helped.
Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere are all expected to be sidelined until the start of March at least, and so the January transfer window could prove to be decisive to Arsenal’s chances of maintaining their current momentum.