Arsenal WON’T recruit new players in January, says Gunners legend

Alan Smith

Alan Smith

Arsene Wenger will resist the temptation to bring in new players to Arsenal in the January transfer window.

That’s according to former Gunners striker Alan Smith, who believes the Emirates manager faces a tough task to identify suitable additions to his squad.

Smith’s warning comes after Wenger’s outfit suffered a 2-0 home defeat to Chelsea in the Capital One Cup.

Arsenal’s lack of strength was highlighted with the appearance of Nicklas Bendtner up front, brought in for the rested Olivier Giroud.

Denmark forward Bendtner looked well of the pace and offered no threat on the Blues goal and it is widely accepted that Wenger needs another top class hitman.

But Smith said: “I don’t know who’s out there. Wenger has got the money to spend if the right player was available, there’s no doubt about that.

“We know he was after a striker in the summer and targeted Luis Suarez, Wayne Rooney and Gonzalo Higuain. They were chasing them all, but it’s really difficult to get the right people.

“If they’re still in the Champions League you want someone who qualifies for that.

“It will be in the summer when they buy. He has a lot of money to spend and, if they have a good season and remain in that top four, they will be able to attract some good players.”

Giroud looks poised to return to the Arsenal line-up on Saturday when the table-topping Gunners host Liverpool in the Premier League.