Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he’ll be keeping an eye on the transfer market in January in case he can find a ‘special’ player but played down the necessity to secure further backup to Olivier Giroud.
Playing up the availability of Nicklas Bendtner and Lukas Podolski, the boss was as coy as ever on the matter of new signings when pressed on the subject at his pre-Cardiff media sit down.
“We are on alert in the market if something special turns up but we are not desperate,” confirmed the Frenchman, although he had to again make clear that Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was definitely off the agenda.
“We won’t approach for Suarez. He has signed a contract. We gambled on Sanogo at the start, he has not been fit but Bendtner is back and Podolski is back.”
Having ruled Giroud out of the Cardiff game with an injury, along with a host of others, the boss took a moment to praise his compatriot for the sterling effort he’s put in up front all season long and joked that he’s not surprised the former-Montpellier man is not keen on a new striker.
“Would you expect anything else? We have to give him credit. He has a fantastic combative attitude. We have a great confidence in him.”
In truth aside from a few rumblings about Dimitar Berbatov (if you thought Arshavin was infuriating…), Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa and Real Madrid’s teenager Alvaro Morata there’s been a veritable dearth of nonsense transfer talk.
No doubt that will pick up once the world’s football agents have finished quaffing their New Year’s Eve champagne, but for the moment enjoy the calm before the storm.