By Declan Taylor

Arsène Wenger thinks that a January signing is “feasible” but insists that developing his current crop of players is still the primary ambition.

Wenger’s young side have suffered five Premier League defeats already this season leading some to lament the lack of experience in the squad. And, with the transfer window due to open in under two weeks, Wenger has hinted at possible activity in the new year.

The manager insisted that he is on the look out for “something special” to add to his team but also revealed that he is no closer to finding it yet.

“I cannot say something will happen, but you never know,” the Frenchman told Arsenal TV Online. “It is feasible that we can do it and sometimes a [new] player can give some extra belief to the squad.

“If it appears we can make something special, then we will do it - but at the moment I can sincerely say we have not seen anything special that can really convince us we will be much stronger.

“At the moment, I am more [keen] to develop the team we have. When you look at our players, most of them are under 21 and there is a lot to come from them.”

All of the other ‘big four’ clubs splashed the cash in the summer and they could continue that trend come January. Wenger, although aware of the benefits a new signing would bring, also warned of the potential dangers.

“We have gone with a policy we respect and the solution is not always when you do not get the result you want to just go out and buy. That can destroy what you have built up until now,” he explained.

“We do not reject it, but we cannot also say that for certain it will be done. We have a young team with the Club in good shape, a healthy financial position, which suddenly is quite important.

“That is why what you want with a young team is for your fans to be behind [the team] and give them something extra that a team needs.”

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18 Dec 2008