By Richard Clarke  

Arsène Wenger claims his Arsenal side do not need an “instant saviour”.

After the weekend fixtures, the Emirates Stadium side are still in fifth place in the Premier League, five points behind Aston Villa. Arsenal maybe unbeaten in 10 games but they were criticised in some quarters of the media for Saturday’s goalless draw with West Ham.

The Club is still strongly linked with deal for Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Andrei Arshavin. But the clock is ticking loudly. The transfer window closes at 5pm (UK time) on Monday.

But, even if Wenger does sign someone, he is not convinced there would be an immediate impact.

“We don’t need an instant saviour,” he said. “I don’t believe in them.

“There’s always a danger because people always want a wonder man. But I believe we have to keep going, and accept that the expectation level on him would be very high if he joins us.

“But if he doesn’t join us I am not more pessimistic.

“We have as well not to go overboard with the crisis we face. Let’s judge our team at the end of the season.”

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2 Feb 2009