Arsene Wenger has revealed that he will try to sign "at least one" new recruit during the January transfer window but insists that Arsenal will only target players of the "right quality".
Gunners boss has been under increasing pressure with a growing injury
list contributing to disappointing recent results, with Jack Wilshere ruled out for up to three months following ankle surgery and Mikel Arteta set to miss the rest of 2014 with a calf complaint.
midfield duo join the likes of Mesut Ozil and Mathieu Debuchy on the
sidelines but Wenger says that he will not sign sub-standard players as
reinforcements given competition in the market.
"In January we will try to get at least one body in," he told reporters. "You have to give us time. We do our job as always.
"This season we bought five players who are all top quality so I think we have done really well, we will try to repeat that.
buy football players is not to go into a supermarket and just say: 'I
want to buy a right-back or a centre-back.' It's to find the right
quality. If you go out tomorrow you will see that everybody looks for
the same positions. It's not as simple as it looks."
The Gunners currently sit eighth in the Premier League – 15 points behind table-toppers Chelsea – and though Wenger has rejected rumours of an approach for Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, he is hopeful of surprising fans with potential arrivals.
January it makes it even more difficult because players are even less
available than in June or July," he added, "but we will try to be
creative and have one or two good ideas.
"We have gone through a period where we are very short but January might be a month when we have nearly everybody back."