By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger plans to bolster his squad before the transfer window closes. If he can't, he will console himself with the knowledge that a raft of 'new signings' are just around the corner.
Andrei Arshavin has been heavily linked with a move to Emirates Stadium and Wenger admits he is "open" to the prospect of other reinforcements. But perhaps the biggest boost to Arsenal's chances of a successful season will be the return of Eduardo, Theo Walcott, Cesc Fabregas and Tomas Rosicky.
The injured quartet are on their way back. Eduardo is already fit after recovering from the broken leg and dislocated ankle he suffered at Birmingham last February. Walcott (dislocated shoulder), Fabregas (knee ligaments) and Rosicky (hamstring tendon) are expected to follow in March and April. Wenger believes they will make a big difference.
"We are open [to any transfer deals] but do not forget that we have Rosicky, Fabregas and Walcott who are all creative and offensive players. They will come back at some stage," said Wenger.
"Eduardo has recovered very well and his coming back will be like a new signing as well. He will be back in two to three weeks [in the first team].
"That is like being on a transfer market for us. I believe we have a strong team and we want to do the maximum with the team we have."Copyright 2015 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 15 Jan 2009