By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger will not be drawn on his plans for the forthcoming transfer window - and he insists that buying is not always the answer.
The Arsenal manager has been asked about his January intentions ever since the last transfer deadline passed at the start of September, and he will no doubt be pressed on the issue in the 19 days before the window opens.
However, Wenger would prefer to focus on the players he has at his disposal instead of indulging in continuous talk of replacing them. After all, as the Frenchman points out, his young Arsenal side are still in the title race and have booked their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
"I won't answer that question [about the transfer window]," said Wenger.
"If I say yes and I don't do it people will ask why I haven't done it. If I say no and we lose one game people will say I am crazy because I didn't want to buy. In England every problem is sorted out by buying a player when you lose a football game.
"We have a team where most of the players are 20 or 21. Instead of saying that they have a fantastic future, OK maybe we haven't had the consistency until now, but we are not disastrous. We have 29 points and are in the position to come back.
"Instead of saying let's believe in these players, everybody says you have to buy five or six players.
"It is difficult to get any rationality into the analysis that we face at the moment. We are qualified in the Champions League but I am speaking as if we are absolutely nobody.
"If you look in the last 10 years Arsenal have qualified every time but I still have to answer the same question every year."Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 12 Dec 2008