By Declan Taylor

Arsène Wenger believes that the current gloomy economic climate could have an impact on January’s potential transfer dealings.

While Saturday’s opponents, Manchester City, look set to take their pick of the world’s priciest players in the new year, Wenger thinks that other Premier League clubs could feel the pinch as much as any other business.

“Football might not be an isolated island where nothing happens financially," said the manager at Thursday's pre-match press conference. “Football will suffer just as much as any other activity in our society,”

“We will see. It is very difficult to anticipate on that. I don’t know what will happen in January. We are in a world of recession and at the moment we have deflation rather than inflation.”

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