Among all the transfer rumors regarding Arsenal's January shopping list, the Gunners' boss, Arsene Wenger, has revealed he has ruled out the prospect of bringing new strikers into the team, although the team is heavily reliant on the services of Dutchman Robin van Persie and will miss the likes of Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh due to the African Cup of Nations.
The situation is exacerbated by the fact that Wenger has himself admitted to Chamakh, a Moroccan international, is lacking confidence in front of goal; the player only scored twice last year. Wenger, faced with such evidence, still maintains the team doesn't need new strikers. This, undoubtedly, is a decision that will not go down well with the Gunners fans.
At the moment, I do nothing in January, Wenger told Arsenal.com, I have a big squad, but if you knock at my door and say 'I have a fantastic player for you', I will not turn it down.
If we have no injuries, we should get away with it because we have Oxlade-Chamberlain, who can play there, Park, Arshavin and Van Persie. So we still have offensive players but we could be a bit short if we have an injury, Wenger added.
The main problem is not the number of players available. It is, instead, a question of quality. If van Persie, currently in prolific form, were to get injured, who would Wenger turn to? The club are already without players like Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky, leading many to believe that the club should look to bring in players as soon as the transfer window re-opens.
When asked about the prospect of loaning Chamakh to help him regain his form, the boss said that he had no such plans.
It is a confidence issue [with Chamakh], but it is difficult to loan him now because of the African Nations Cup, Wenger said, They come back in February, usually quite tired, so it is not easy.
The Gunners currently have three forwards at their disposal with Robin van Persie, Marouane Chamakh and Ju Young Park all competing for a starting place, according to an Arsenal.com report.