Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Arsenal are looking to bring in new faces in January and that funds are available to do the necessary business.
The news comes as it’s revealed that the club are trying to insert non-qualification clauses into player contracts should they not qualify for the Champions League. This would see apparently players take a pay-cut for failing to finish in the top four.
Speaking on French television ahead of Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw with Everton, the Arsenal manager said, “This winter we will work very hard because we have some funds available. It could happen that we buy two players, but I cannot reveal the names.”
And he also suggested Thierry Henry could come back on another loan deal even if more permanent solutions were found.
“A loan is still a possibility, but we will still try to strengthen for the long term”, he said.
With regard to the player contract issue, an Arsenal spokesperson said, “Each player has an individual contract which contains elements of performance-related payments, which are linked to a player’s individual contribution and also to the club’s progress in both domestic and European competitions.
“This is normal practice across football clubs.”
Which all makes perfect sense when you think about and it’s unlikely that these kind of clauses for non Champions League qualification are new, and this particuarly story arc is in storm/teacup territory.
There’s a lot to do in December before any new faces can arrive and Arsenal are hampered going into Saturday’s game against Swansea by the news that Bacary Sagna could miss out.
With Laurent Koscielny set to miss three weeks with a groin strain the Gunners defensive options will be limited, but Carl Jenkinson gets another chance after a promising season thus far.