Should Arsenal be holding out for one or two special signings?

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Arsene Wenger has again insisted that he will only enter the transfer window if the right player becomes available, but is he setting his standards too high?

Whilst nearly all Premier League managers will say they are only prepared to enter the transfer market for the odd player of real quality, few will stick to that policy as ardently as Arsene Wenger.

Holding out for someone who you believe can genuinely improve the side certainly makes sense on paper, but in reality squad depth is crucial to any chance of success, and restricting yourself to the odd player can be disastrous if they turn out not to be as good as you expected.

The challenge for Arsenal is clear; they already have a squad with plenty of excellent players in it, and finding players to improve often means they have to compete with big spending sides like Chelsea and Manchester City.

It wouldn't make sense to chase a load of players that no-one else wants just to make signings, but it does seem that Wenger has gone too far the other way, and has raised his standards too far.

This could be partly due to the manager having a rose-tinted view of his own players.

Many fans around the country would deem it not too difficult to improve on the likes of Gervinho and Ramsey given their form this season, but Wenger would continue to back these players rather than make signings. This also goes for the injury prone Abou Diaby, who has recently returned to fitness just in time to perhaps ensure Wenger doesn't reinforce this area.

Looking at the top three in the Premier League, it's clear where Arsenal are falling short. Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea have at least two capable players in most positions around their side.

Whilst Arsenal fans are no doubt hoping for a big signing to give impetus to their season, what they might need most is a few relatively low profile transfers that provide cover to their side in a few, mostly defensive, areas.

In the summer it was undoubtedly quality over quantity - Cazorla, Podolski and Giroud are proof of that. Be patient and see what happens...

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