Wenger: Arsenal won't buy in January if everyone is fit

Though he acknowledges that Laurent Koscielny’s injury could change things, the Gunners boss would rather not add to his side over the winter window if not necessary


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says that there would be no need for him to spend in January if his squad are fit.

After failing to sign a replacement for Barcelona-bound Thomas Vermaelen this summer, the Gunners have struggled to deal with Laurent Koscielny’s injury issues, prompting calls from fans for investment over the winter.

Calum Chambers and Nacho Monreal have both spent time filling in at centre-back but the pair will miss Saturday’s game against Newcastle, as well as the Frenchman, while fitness problems continue to plague the team as a whole.

“If everybody’s fit, we don’t need to go into the transfer market,” Wenger told reporters on Friday of his plans for the window, which opens on January 1.

However, the veteran manager indicated that he might have to change his mind if Koscielny’s injury is discovered to be serious.

Mathieu Debuchy – himself only just returning from a long spell on the treatment table – could be pressed into action as a makeshift cente-back against the club from whom he joined Arsenal this summer.

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