With the pressure mounting on Arsene Wenger, will the Arsenal boss roll the dice and hope winter signings can improve fortunes at Emirates Stadium”
January offers managers the chance to make a mid-season gamble and Arsene Wenger may have to use the transfer window to place a bet on both his and Arsenal’s future.
Playing the January transfer market can be a bit like playing slots online. Mr Wenger’s decisions smack of trying your luck at the likes of Casino Juggler, a UK mobile casinos site . Deposit cash (£20 Million in Wenger’s case), pull lever (buy player), hope for the best as can never be sure what you are going to get with a spin of the wheels – and it is the same with mid-season signings. But, while you usually get paid out for a row of lemons at online casinos, long-serving Arsenal manager Wenger isn’t in a position to accept the same outcome from his January business.
The 2-0 loss at Southampton left Arsenal three points behind their first opponents of 2015 in the race for Champions League qualification.
With an 18th successive year in the Champions League the target, it looks time for Wenger to make a calculated gamble in the transfer market.
Midfield is where Wenger has identified the need to strengthen, with injuries leaving his resources depleted.
“If you look at the number of games some players played and the injuries we have with Wilshere, Ramsey and Arteta, we are a bit short at the moment in midfield,” Wenger said.
As ever, though, Wenger doesn’t seem likely to go all-in and hope he strikes lucky with a new signing. Wenger is not the type of manager who will play a hand just for the sake of playing.
“To buy, simply to buy, is not what we want to do but if the right opportunity comes up, we will do it,” he said before the defeat at Southampton.
That loss at St Mary’s certainly won’t alter Wenger’s thinking. He is unlikely to panic and let emotions cloud his judgement when assessing his odds of success in the transfer market.
But even Wenger knows that any signing midway through a season is a gamble. The question is which one has the least amount of risk attached to it.
Widespread reports have claimed Wenger wants to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, but he is untested in the Premier League. Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin and Newcastle’s Moussa Sissoko are other players to have been linked with a January move to Arsenal.
by Ronnie Macdonald
Yet midfield may not be the only area Wenger has to strengthen. Inter Milan want to sign Lukas Podolski and Wenger may let striker Yaya Sanogo head out on loan.
If both of those players leave, then attacking reinforcements may also be required.
It’s not quite Royal Flush territory, but signing a midfielder and striker in January to instantly improve your team and squad is no sure-fire bet.
Wenger knows this. And he is not going to suddenly ditch a strategy which has yielded long-term success simply to appease a growing group of dissenters.
Yet, at the same time, it is also the moment when Wenger has to at least spin the reels and hope he can hit the January jackpot.