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Arsenal boss addresses January window

Wenger hopes for performances to improve before next month

By | 5th December 2012

Despite speculation surrounding his team’s transfer business in January, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has avoiding commenting explicitly on his approach on transfers next month.

The Gunners have been without a Premier League win since last month’s North London derby win over Tottenham Hotspur and the Spurs’ far more consistent form since then has somewhat negated the impact of that result too.

A horrible November showing included a listless attacking display in the 2-1 defeat away to Manchester United, as well as frustrating draws away to Aston Villa and Everton.

Winning at home to Swansea this past Saturday was considered mandatory around many circles in order to at least start December on a strong note.

But a 2-0 reverse at the hands of the Swans left the Gunners struggling in the 10th place after 15 matches and as expected, transfer speculation has since intensified considerably.

In his weekly newsletter to the club’s supporters and affiliates, Wenger directly addressed the subject of the January transfer window but refrained from saying too much.

“I am often asked about the January transfer window and the support from the board is there to spend the money if we find the players. But we have a lot of important games coming up. We’ll decide on our targets in January but we have to find solutions before then,” Wenger logically pointed out with hopes of getting more out of his current group of players.

The Frenchman added: “At the moment, there is uncertainty among the fans, they do not have complete confidence that we will win the games. But the results show that it is difficult for everybody at the moment – even those who invested a lot of money.

“We have to keep the focus, the desire and the ambition, and turn it on. That’s how it works during the season. You cannot always jump to definitive conclusions from one game.”

Last season, Wenger battled similar criticisms from those who felt that Arsenal would fail to finish in the top four, only to see a strong finish to the season secure the third place, as well as the best record in London, for the Gunners.

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