Arsenal latest: Wenger's transfer plans, Mourinho feels pressure, Gibbs on FIFA

Kieran Gibbs

All the latest news and views from Emirates Stadium including the upcoming Chelsea match.

It will no doubt be news that deflates outspoken Arsenal Twitterer Piers Morgan but, when probed as to whether Arsene Wenger has transfer plans for the imminent window the Frenchman replied, as quoted by the club's official website: 'At the moment, no.'

The Gunners, though, have been linked with a number of players and while blessed with great quality in squad players such as Thomas Vermaelen, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, outside of Olivier Giroud, there is only really Nicklas Bendtner to fulfill the spearheading striker role that Wenger likes utilising in the current red and white system.

Since the summer player market ceased trading, those most commonly linked with a switch to Arsenal in mid-seasno are Ciprian Marica of Getafe, Alexandre Pato from Corinthians and Karim Benzema of Real Madrid - all of whom are forwards.

A wry Wenger, though, added that plans 'can change'.

There will no doubt be more to this story in the coming weeks/month.

Much is made of Jose Mourinho's personal record against Arsene Wenger as Chelsea manager having won 5 and drawn 4 in his first stint as Blues boss.

Mourinho, though, feels pressured at the moment and is quoted by Chelsea TV to have said: 'Every time we miss a chance and the score is 0-0, 1-0, 2-1, 1-1, I feel the pressure. I feel that missing the chances, maybe later you are punished. We have this problem. We were poor against Basel [but] in every match we lost in England, in the Premier League and in the cup [at Sunderland], we were the best team by far.

'We were always very comfortable on the pitch, we had unbelievable chances to score to kill the game. We don't do it. Late goals are a consequence of a team that doesn't kill an opponent. If you score two, three goals the opponent is dead and the opponent has no reaction.'

Wenger and his Gunners hope to buck that trend against Mourinho and Chelsea on Monday evening at the Emirates, the Frenchman said: 'We have self-belief but I can talk here - let's show it on Monday night.

'What it means is that when you want to play a big part in the race for the championship, you want to win the big games at home. That is what is at stake. We want to respond in a very strong manner to our last defeat.'

And finally, here is a video of Kieran Gibbs taking on Wojciech Szczesny in a doubles match on FIFA14...

image: © Ronnie Macdonal

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