The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has made many pronouncements about the rumoured Arsenal targets. It is certainly possible that he is just creating a smoke-screen to put everyone off finding out who his targets are, but I am beginning to think not!
When asked about whether he was targeting Lukas Podolski Wenger said “No!” curtly. He has made it clear that he only needs a short-term striker to cover while the African Nations Cup is on, and so the signing of Henry is nearly certain now.
He has also stated that the Arsenal midfield is “too crowded” to bring in Yoann Gourcuff (and therefore any other new midfielder. When asked about Gary Cahill, he announced that he certainly wouldn’t be bringing in any more centre-backs.
Now that Arsenal have all four of their full-backs out of action, it was expected that at least one versatile defender would be needed in January, but now Wenger has scotched that idea as well! He said: “There are difficult decisions to make because we are short in the full-back positions.
“But you think, ‘do you really want to buy a full back for three or four years?’
“When you have four out and two close to coming back. I think no, because we have people who can do the job during this period.”
So we will have Henry in for two months, no midfielders, no centre-backs, and now no full-backs. That looks to me like Wenger has made up his mind to completely ignore the rest of this coming transfer window………