By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger will only dip into the transfer market in January if there is an “exceptional opportunity”.

Wenger still believes it is highly likely that he’ll keep his cheque-book closed but an acquisition is now classed as ‘possible’.

“I haven’t ruled out signings,” he said at Friday’s press conference. “If I have an outstanding opportunity, maybe I will take it.

“I do not want to sit here and say we won’t, then people can come back and say ‘but you said you wouldn’t sign anyone’.

“There’s still a big chance we won’t sign anyone because it’s difficult to find better players than what we have, but if there’s an exceptional opportunity, you never know.”

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