Arsenal chief: If Wenger wants to he'll buy extra player… or two

Money is available to Arsene Wenger but he does not traditionally do his recruiting in the mid-season market.

Apart from a triple-swoop January recruitment drive that saw Arsene Wenger acquire who the media dubbed the next Thierry Henry (Theo Walcott), the next Patrick Vieira (Abou Diaby) and the next Nwanko Kanu (Emmanuel Adebayor) in the middle of the 2005-06 season, Arsenal rarely do business in the January transfer window.

However, speaking at Nyon, Switzerland, after having witnessed the Gunners draw a tough Champions League knockout match against reigning champions Bayern Munich, club secretary David Miles has acknowledged that, if Wenger wanted to, there is no reason why he cannot recruit a brace of players in the when the transfer window reopens.

'Wenger doesn't tend to do much business in January but if he thinks there's someone needed then he won't be shy of getting that extra player or two,' he is quoted by Sky Sports to have said.

Wenger fortified his first-team selection with the free transfer of Mathieu Flamini in addition to the club-record purchase of playmaker Mesut Ozil in the summer. Having spent £42.4m players, the club did recuperate a part of that fee from the combined sales of Gervinho (£8m), Marouane Chamakh, Andre Santos, Sebastian Squillaci and Denilson while also relieving Andrei Arshavin's salary from the exorbitant wage bill as the Russian switched to Zenit St Petersburg.

Arsenal have been linked with a number of players ahead of the winter window, including Ciprian Marica, Alexandre Pato, Karim Benzema, Lassana Diarra, Ilkay Gundogan, Edinson Cavani, Julian Draxler and Antoine Griezmann.

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