By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger has warned Arsenal fans "not to dream too much" about stellar signings in January.
The transfer window swings open in a few weeks and the Frenchman has already indicated that he will be looking for a new recruit to fill the void left by Robin van Persie's long-term injury.
Wenger's admission has sparked a flurry of speculation over who Arsenal may bid for but the manager knows that January is not the best time to shop for a star player.
"I want to see what happens now [with injuries]," said Wenger. "We are in the beginning of December and I will see if we are in the same situation in January.
"But let's not dream too much in January that we can find a world-class player - that is what is needed to strengthen our team - who is not cup-tied in the Champions League and who is free. You need a good Father Christmas for that!"
Patrick Vieira was linked with a return to his old club last summer and there will be a gap in the centre of Arsenal’s midfield when Alex Song takes part in next month’s Africa Cup of Nations. So will Wenger try to bring back his former captain? The answer appears to be no.
"He is not a striker and I don't think we suffered too much in midfield even when we had Song and Diaby out against Stoke," explained Wenger.
"I don't believe we are especially short in midfield, I just believe we are short up front."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