Wenger: ‘We want to strengthen the squad everywhere’

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Arsene Wenger spoke in the wake of tonight’s disappointing 1-1 draw with Southampton and confirmed all areas of the squad are open for augmentation now that the transfer window is open again.

Obviously, after a game in which Arsenal failed to click as an attacking force, striking options must be top of the list but the manager insisted he’s looking to improve his team from front to back.

“I will be active, yes,” he said. “We are looking everywhere. We are open-minded. We want to strengthen the squad everywhere.”

Wenger also ruled out a move for former Gunner Thierry Henry, hopefully an indication that more long-term targets have been identified, with names like Demba Ba and David Villa mentioned as possible recruits.

And on the game tonight, the boss said, “Considering our performance I don’t think we deserved more today. It is two points dropped if you look at the target we set ourselves over Christmas.

“It is frustrating and disappointing because we did not create a lot and if you considered we scored five at Reading and seven against Newcastle. When you sum up the goal chances there is not a lot.

“We lacked purpose, penetration and speed. All qualities we have usually but lacked tonight.”

Which is exactly why he should be busy in the transfer market.

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