By Chris Harris
The prospect of new players may be a hot topic among Arsenal fans but the Arsenal manager is more concerned about getting his current players fit and available.
Arsène Wenger remains on the look-out for potential recruits while the January transfer window is open but, with the games coming thick and fast in the weeks to come, he is focused on trimming Arsenal's lengthy injury list.
Robin van Persie, Kieran Gibbs, Johan Djourou, Nicklas Bendtner, Aaron Ramsey, Fran Merida, Samir Nasri and Jack Wilshere are all sidelined, leaving Wenger to juggle his remaining options against Bolton on Wednesday, at Stoke on Sunday, at Aston Villa next week and beyond.
And the Frenchman admits that transfer activity is taking a back seat while he works out who will return from injury - and when.
"We are not close to signing anybody at the moment and we are so focused on the game that we forget a little bit to speak about transfers," Wenger told Arsenal TV Online.
"The other thing I must say is we have so many players out that our talks are more focused on 'when is he back, when he is back?' and it looks like any player we can get back is like a transfer because we have not seen some players this season, like Walcott, like Bendtner.
"One of them has played three games, the other five games. But they can be fresh for the second part of the season and they can give us a big push."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