Arsenal Transfer News: Arsene Wenger Admits He Will Buy Two 'Exceptional' Players in January; Wants Walcott to Show Loyalty

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Dec 21, 2012 05:07 AM EST
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Arsene Wenger shakes hand with Theo Walcott as the latter is substituted during Arsenal's English Premier League win over Reading, December 17"


With Arsenal in desperate need of a few reinforcements, Arsene Wenger admitted he will look to bring in a couple of "exceptional" players in the January transfer window.

Arsenal are on the lookout for a striker in the winter window, with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Demba Ba heavily linked with a move to the Emirates.

It is understood the Gunners have started talks over a move for Huntelaar, even while some reports suggest the Dutchman might actually sign a new contract to remain in Germany.

Ba is a much more viable option, with the Newcastle forward having a buyout clause in his contract, meaning the Magpies are powerless if any club matches the fee.

Arsenal are also looking to strengthen their defensive midfield department as well, with an eye on an experienced goalkeeper, with Liverpool's Pepe Reina reportedly topping the list.

Wenger, during his Wigan pre-match press conference, while not revealing any of his targets, said he would be on the lookout for new players.

"If we can add one or two exceptional players, we will do it," Wenger told reporters. "What we do not want to do is add players just because people put us under pressure to buy players.

"That is where we have to be strong enough. If we find a player who will give us something special, we will do it.

"What is important is this team develops in the way we want to play. I have seen some interesting aspects on Monday night at Reading. Let's see how far this team can go."

Another situation occupying Wenger's time is the Theo Walcott contract issue, with the forward yet to sign on a new deal and his current one set to end in the summer. 

Wenger, who said he will not sell Walcott in January, asked for the forward to show a little loyalty while insisting he has no qualms in paying the 23-year-old the wages he deserves.

"What is important to keep the young players together is that at some stage I have stood up for them -- I played you at 17, 18, 19 years of age and I know I took a gamble," Wenger said.

"It is easier to take a player of 25 and put him in the team. You know what you are getting.

"If you put them in at 17 or 18, you have to stand up for them. You risk losing games while they are learning their job. Once you have produced them you want to say, 'OK, let's stay together and win together.'

"Somewhere along the line they need to give back to the club what the club has given to them. When a guy gets to 30, you can understand it is his last contract and if he feels he wants a change.

"This is a more sensitive age, but basically, it is a reward for our policy.

"I am happy to pay Theo the money he deserves, but I feel as well that I bought him at 16 years of age and spent a lot of money on him.

"I am a big supporter and I believe he is happy here. Theo has always looked to me like he is an Arsenal man."

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