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Wenger rules out January transfers

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will not be looking to add players to his squad when the transfer window opens on January 1.

With only a month until the start of the new transfer season, rumours are already beginning to circulate about potential targets for the Premier League’s third-placed side.

But Wenger insists he is happy with the squad he has and believes his current crop of players are capable of returning the Premier League title to north London.

“My policy is to stick to the squad I have, we will not be on the market,” said Wenger.

“I want to keep my squad and I want to continue with these players. We will not be on the market unless we lose some.”

One player who will return to the Emirates Stadium in January is midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who has just begun a short-term loan stint with Championship outfit Nottingham Forest.

Ramsey, 19, is still on the comeback trail after breaking his leg against Stoke in February, and Wenger said the loan deal was the perfect way for the young Welshman to regain full fitness before he returns to the Gunners.

“He is fit but not competitively match-fit,” said Wenger.

“I left him the choice to go where he wanted. There are seven games before January when he comes back and I thought that is the best way.”

“I decided to give him a run in the Championship and if he manages to play four or five out of the seven he will be fit to play for us.”

“We were a bit pushed by the deadline. To do it before Christmas we had to do it last week so I rushed a bit my decision but it was the only opportunity.”

Tue 30 Nov, 2010
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