Arsenal Transfer News: Wenger Says He is in the Market for a Player in Every Position; Rules Out Henry Loan Move

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Jan 02, 2013 12:12 AM EST
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is a target for French big-spenders PAris Saint Germain"


With Arsenal putting in another poor performance against Southampton in their English Premier League game on New Year's Day, Arsene Wenger has admitted he is looking to strengthen his team on all fronts.

The Gunners are expected to be one of the busier teams in the January transfer window, with the likes of Adrian Lopez, Arda Turan, David Villa and Wilfried Zaha linked with a move to the Emirates.

Wenger had said he was only in the market for "exceptional" players, but with the Gunners' struggles continuing, it seems the manager has realized the need to freshen things up.

"I will be active, yes," Wenger said. "We are looking everywhere. We are open-minded. We want to strengthen the squad everywhere."

Those words will be welcomed by Arsenal fans, as they look for some good news on the transfer front.

Wenger has reportedly been given a considerable budget to look for new recruits, and if Arsenal end up bringing even a fraction of the names that are being linked with the club, it will be considered a successful transfer window.

A player who will definitely not be linking up with the Gunners, though, will be Thierry Henry with Wenger ruling out a loan move for the club's record goalscorer.

"He is not ready, he has just come back from holiday anyway," he said. "At the moment we are not on that case."

Meanwhile, Wenger lamented Arsenal's lack of creativity in the 1-1 draw against Southampton.

"Considering our performance I don't think we deserved more today (Tuesday), Wenger added. "It is two points dropped if you look at the target we set ourselves over Christmas.

"It is frustrating and disappointing because we did not create a lot and if you considered we scored five at Reading and seven against Newcastle.

"When you sum up the goal chances there is not a lot. We lacked purpose, penetration and speed. All qualities we have usually but lacked tonight."

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