Arsène Wenger believes this could be “one of the most active January transfer windows” since its inception in 2003.

The Arsenal manager is keen to bolster his squad and is hopeful of completing a deal for Egyptian international Mohamed Elneny later this week.

With a lucrative new television deal coming into effect this summer, Wenger expects plenty of clubs to be busy before the window closes - at both ends of the table.

My prediction is that it could be one of the most active transfer windows in January that you have seen

“I would say for the media you could have some good news [with the] January transfer window. I believe many clubs will be active,” he said.

“You go from the clubs who are down in the table like Villa, who have to do something, to the clubs at the top. I’m sure many of them could be very active. My prediction is that it could be one of the most active transfer windows in January that you have seen.

“At the bottom and at the top, everyone thinks they have a responsibility to do something because we have a chance if we do improve our squad.

“At the bottom, especially with the new TV deal coming in, the teams who fear to go down will be under pressure not to accept the situation.

“We have seen in the past that teams who have responded well in January were successful sometimes."

Arsenal bought Gabriel in January 2015
Arsenal bought Gabriel in January 2015

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Nik Brumsack 11 Jan 2016