By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger is not planning a spending spree in January because he does not believe his Arsenal players are failures.
Not for the first time - and certainly not for the last time - the Frenchman spent a chunk of his pre-match press conference discussing his intentions when the transfer window swings open in the New Year.
The implication from this persistent line of questioning is that Arsenal's current squad is not good enough. But Wenger disputes this and insists that his players should be judged at the end of the season, not now.
"At the moment I am always answering questions like this," said Wenger. "But I tell you come back in May and we speak about it.
"I believe in this team and I believe in the strength of this team and I have always to answer questions that the team has 'failed'. We make a balance in May.
"You can expect Arsenal to be active tomorrow at 12.45 and for the rest January is a long time away. I believe that this team personally is very strong and recently they don't get any credit. But it's a good moment for this young team to grow together, show resilience, show strengths and an opportunity to be a strong team in the future.
"Good players can always help you but I believe at the moment I have good players here. I do not want to focus on January and I am not sure at all that I will buy.
"The solution is not always to buy players. The solution for me at the moment is to trust the players I have because I trust their strengths and I trust their intelligence, so let's show it."Copyright 2017 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