By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger expects a "very calm" transfer window - at least in the first couple of weeks.

The Arsenal manager has declared an interest in strengthening his squad before the end of January and, as ever, has been linked with a long list of potential signings.

Ultimately, Wenger feels a lack of transfer funds across football will affect the degree of movement among players.

"[I'm expecting it to be] very calm because, first of all, I believe there is little money and what can happen is basically a transfer market within the English clubs," Wenger told Arsenal Player.

"That is more difficult than with the foreign clubs. Overall, I believe that not a lot will happen.

"That [the economic situation] could [affect movement], because the clubs have to look at the finances. What makes the clubs are the fans and what makes the fans is the economy. On that front, nobody is really sure what will happen in 2013."

But Wenger believes there is no shortage of quality available, especially with a number of experienced players available on free transfers at the end of the season.

"A lot [are] over 30," he said. "Of course, they are all great players. They have proven that.

"It shows that the market will be more difficult for the players because the fact that you have so many top-quality players available means that [the clubs] are cautious as well."

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