- Arsene Wenger plays down the chance of further January transfers
- ‘We have the quality and the number of players that we need’
- Wenger says he has 23 fit players, and does not reinforcements
- Francis Coquelin and Tomas Rosicky available for FA Cup clash
- Danny Welbeck back in training, but not fit to face Burnley on Saturday
Arsene Wenger insists that Arsenal do not need to buy in order to keep up their challenge for a first Premier League title since 2004.
Wenger did buy a single outfield player last summer, and has made just one signing in this window, bringing in midfielder Mohamed Elneny, who is yet to make his debut.
But with the likes of Francis Coquelin, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky returning to fitness, Wenger believes that there is no need to invest further.
Wenger hinted that out of favour right back Mathieu Debuchy could leave the club during the current window, although a deal is not yet done.
But with 23 of his 25 senior players now fit, with Coquelin and Rosicky available for Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Burnley and Welbeck in line for an under-21 return, he denied that any more senior players would arrive at the club.
‘Welbeck is coming back and Alexis Sanches is back,’ said Wenger on Friday. We have the quality and the players that we need up front.’
However, Gunners fans will be treated to one new player on Saturday, with Elneny set to play his first game for the club.
‘It’s a possibility,’ admitted Wenger, who said he would play a ‘Premier League team’ against the Championship high-fliers.
‘He’s naturally a box to box palyer, with a bit more defensive minded than a usual box to box player. He has good technique, good vision, quick decision making and is very mobile.’
One player that Wenger did confirm would start is back-up goalkeeper David Ospina, who has struggled this season.
Ospina has played just three times for his club, losing twice in two Champions League games, the latter of which included an embarrassing gaffe against Olympiacos.