LONDON (Reuters) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has risked angering frustrated fans by saying the under-performing London club do not need any January signings if everyone in the current squad stays fit.
The Frenchman has come under mounting criticism in recent weeks as Arsenal’s title challenge has faltered at an early stage again with a 3-2 Premier League defeat to Stoke City last weekend provoking an angry reaction from some supporters.
The Arsenal boss was subjected to a torrent of verbal abuse from fans at a railway station after Saturday’s reverse.
Club officials also blocked unhappy supporters from displaying banners calling for Wenger to be sacked ahead of Arsenal’s 4-1 victory at Galatasaray on Tuesday.
Yet with Arsenal trailing league leaders Chelsea by 13 points, Wenger, who has reputation for keeping his powder dry in the transfer market, said there was no immediate need for January reinforcements unless injuries forced his hand.
“There will be very little activity,” he told reporters on Friday. “Quiet in first three weeks, frenetic in last few days. Usually the market is not busy in January.
“If everybody is fit and available, we don’t need to go into transfer market.”