By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger has defended the decision not to add to his squad during the last transfer window.

Just before the New Year, the Arsenal manager suggested he would be on the market for a striker during January. The Club were linked with numerous names but nothing materialised.

That decision has drawn criticism in the wake of the last three games. Arsenal drew 0-0 at Aston Villa then lost to Manchester United and Chelsea. Their only goal in that tough trio was Thomas Vermaelen’s consolation strike against the Old Trafford side ten days ago and taking one point from a possible nine has seen the top two pull away.

Wenger told TV Online last Thursday that he had worked hard throughout deadline day to bring in a new player but, ahead of the Liverpool game, the Frenchman said that, in the current financial climate, he was not prepared to throw money at the problem.

“Football lives in an artificial world at the moment,” he said. “We have to live in a realistic world at Arsenal and we are very proud of that.
 
“If you go on high transfers, you go on high wages. It is linked and we cannot afford that.

“The second thing is that at the moment in football we live like everybody can buy and buy and buy. But look at what happened in this transfer market. Give me one big move?

“People ask me ‘why did you not buy a great striker?’ But tell me one who has moved from one club to another, not one. No big signings have happened in this transfer window.

“We are one of the ten best clubs in Europe and players who can strengthen your team at this period of the season are not available or at a price that you cannot afford.”

Copyright 2014 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 10 Feb 2010