By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger will call the shots when the January transfer window opens.
Arsenal's Board have made it clear that funds are available to the Frenchman should he wish to spend them next month. Indeed, some reports have suggested that Wenger has been urged to splash the cash by the Club's hierarchy.

At his pre-match press conference on Friday, the manager reiterated that HE has the final decision over potential reinforcements.

"They [the Board] let me do what I want to do," said Wenger. "I know how much money I can spend and I will try to do it in a wise way."

Wenger is not expecting much transfer activity in January, with the exception of the one club least affected by the economic downturn - Manchester City. However, if the Frenchman had his way the annual scramble for signings would be abolished.

"I don’t agree with the transfer window," said Wenger. "I think they should either open it for the whole year or close it for the whole year. But at the moment it is an in-between solution which is, for me, personally bad.

"I think it will be quiet [this year] because most of the clubs have no money. Except Man City.
"I think this season Manchester City will not come back to fight for it [the title] but you know my opinion about that and I think that clubs should live on their natural resources.

"I am convinced that it will happen. The next step for Uefa is to force the clubs to live within their natural resources which is the right decision. It would mean teams with the most supporters to earn the most potential. It would force the clubs to look for more fans."

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19 Dec 2008