Arsène Wenger says his priority in the January transfer window is to keep his squad together and bring injured players back into the fold.

The Frenchman admits that talks to extend Theo Walcott’s contract are progressing well, and is optimistic a deal will be done soon.

But when questioned about the possibility of signing new players, the Arsenal manager said there are more pressing matters at hand.

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“I have always said we have two targets - to get our players signed up and to get our injuries back,” Wenger said.

“We now have Rosicky and Diaby available again. If you look at our squad, it’s quite complete but we still work in the transfer market as well.

“We do not want to bring in average players. We only want to bring in an exceptional player. At the moment we have not found him.

“You are always under pressure to buy in England and every problem has to be sorted out by buying people.

“You have other ways to sort out problems inside a club like getting your injured players back, getting everybody focused and motivated. It's not only in buying players that you sort out problems.”

Wenger insists that Arsenal will not be priced out of the market this month, and can still attract the very best players.

“I can tell you something, we have no problem with people wanting to join us,” he said. “I would like to give you my phone for 24 hours and you would see that!

“The second thing; can we afford them? Most of them, yes. A few of them, no. Can you afford Messi today? Certainly not. But we can afford 90 per cent of them.”

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Rob Kelly 11 Jan 2013