By Chris Harris
Don’t expect Arsène Wenger to swoop for a new goalkeeper when the transfer window opens next month.
The Arsenal manager was linked with a number of stoppers in the summer – including Saturday’s opponent Mark Schwarzer - but his faith in his current stable of keepers has been rewarded in recent months.
Lukasz Fabianski has staked his claim with a string of impressive performances since Manuel Almunia injured his elbow and Wojciech Szczesny has yet to concede a goal in 270 minutes of first-team action.
That’s why Wenger sees no need to sign reinforcements in January.
"No, I came out already on that,” he said.
"That [Almunia’s injury] will not be for a long time, we have Szczesny coming up very quickly and we have Fabianski who has proven in the last two months that he has the quality.
“At the moment we are not on the market."
Schwarzer was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal during the last transfer windown and is expected to line up at Emirates Stadium on Saturday just days after signing a new contract with Fulham.
"I can understand that decision,” said Wenger. “At his age a two-year contract is a great deal for him and it shows great confidence of the club for him. I don't have a problem with that.
"It is important that we focus on our players and the squad we have. I am pleased for him [Schwarzer] that he got an extension to his contract but all the rest is history that has to be a little bit discreet."
Saturday is Arsenal's charity matchday of the season. Click here for full details.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