Wenger Admits Arsenal Need Defensive & Striking Reinforcements In January

By on December 19, 2011

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted he may have to dip into the January transfer market to bolster his defensive and attacking options.

The Gunners are currently down to the bare bones with all four first team full backs out through injury. Andre Santos, Carl Jenkinson and Bacary Sagna are all out with long term injuries, while Keiran Gibbs has also been sidelined for much of the first half of the season but is due to return within the next 7 days.

Johan Djourou has been drafted in as a make-shift right back but he too has now been sidelined for 3 weeks leaving Wenger short of options.

Up front is also a cause for concern with both Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh due to take part in the African Cup of Nations next month, leaving the French boss with only Robin van Persie and the the untested Ju Young Park to choose from in attack.

After Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Man City, when asked about possible recruits in January, Wenger admitted he is lacking in numbers at the back and up top:

“We hope to have Wilshere and Diaby back so in midfield we have the numbers required. But at the moment we are short at the back and if Gervinho and Chamakh go to the Africa Cup of Nations we are short up front more than midfield”

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14 Comments

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    December 19, 2011 at 10:46 am

    If he is going to sign a defender I hope it will be a very versatile defender. See what Vermaleen and Koschiney has done to us. We would have been in a very serious mess if they do not have that versatility that Per lacks.

    I will be happy if he signs that Ajax guy ( can’t spell his name ), probably a midfielder ( Shaqiri who can also play on the wings) and a striker, Podolski.

    Can’t wait to have Wilshere, Sagna, Jennkison, Gibbs and Santos…I don’t count Diaby as our player but I hope we have him back soon so he can be sold for others to come in. No one buys an injured player ( except Rafa for Liverpool ).

  2. olanrewaju

    December 19, 2011 at 10:52 am

    yea,i agree wit wenger 2buy in january transfar window, atleast make one or two more signing….lukas podolski,ventergou of ajax and m.vill of soahxus.if we were 2go wit trophy dis season…gunars 4life

  3. Judith Le'Strange

    December 19, 2011 at 11:16 am

    We know we need a couple of new signings because Djourou has gone down in a lot of fans estimation and as most of our other defenders are constantly injured we definitely need a new defender, plus we need another striker to assist RvP as we Chamakh is useless & definitely needs to be sold, Gervinho is a hit & miss. But we all know that Wenger doesn’t like spending money so we end up with cheap replacements. We need to splash the cash if we are to keep up with the big boys.

  4. asfaw

    December 19, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    please by player like Hazard,samba,kahali,podolsk or/strikerof benefica/ benzema,righit/everton no 3/leftback,winger

  5. Francis Soumadan

    December 19, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Wenger needs to act quickly instead of being scout for other clubs side. I so much love asenal.

  6. gunner

    December 19, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    we need 3/4 players

    gotze is a must!! 30million – just pay up mr wenger, after the Euros he will skyrocket just like mesut ozil did after world cup.

    podolski or moussa sow – hes a good second striker 15 million should clinch him.

    leighton baines – a decent regular right back!! just pay whatever everton want!

  7. MUSTYIDRISS

    December 19, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    winger we need player

  8. Rufus

    December 19, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Vertonghen, Hazard n Gotze/Ozil are a must buy if Arsenal wants a trophy.

  9. karis

    December 19, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    get Pato and we are set

  10. sweeper

    December 19, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    we do need one more person in midfeild!!! ramsey is good, but he shouldnt be playing in the advanced midfeilder role, he should play CM, he’s absolutely useless upfront, he’s a good possesion player not a playmaker.

    we shud def get banega, he can play any of the three midfeild postions easily.

    sell gervinho, he’s shit!!!!! no awareness, no ball control, extremely poor decision making, not a team player (and he cant even dribble properly, half the time it looks like he’s dribbling himself)

    • scott

      December 19, 2011 at 6:49 pm

      what lot of dribble .

    • sam

      December 20, 2011 at 8:06 am

      Sell Gervinho???? really do you watch football really? he has the same assists now as Nasri had the whole of last season. and we don’t need a midfielder who can play all the midfield roles we need an creative attacking midfielder a gotze like player.
      Sign Ventroghen, Gotze/Shaqiri/Hazard and a foward Podolski/Demba ba/Mussow Sow.
      Get three from each department we are sorted, and finally get rid of dead wood. and they are many

  11. Samantha

    December 19, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Don’t forget we have Arsharvin as well !!

  12. tatenda liberty makusha

    December 20, 2011 at 6:39 am

    we need baines,podolski and gotze! we should sell arshavin,chamakh,rosicky and sqilaci they are dead wood!

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