Arsene Wenger would have us believe that his January Transfer Window business will be understated and quiet - he has a team he feels is currently strong enough and had this ti say recently about potential incomings:
"It looks very unlikely. It is 23 January today and at the moment I must say we are not close to doing anything. I feel a bit guilty always going to a press conference during the transfer market and having nobody to announce (as a signing) but I don't want to lie.”
With plenty of big names returning from injury in the coming weeks such a view can be understood to a degree by Wenger - although after the Coventry game the talk of a new striker reared its head.
Nicklas Bendtner had one of those days at the office in which nothing went his way - and despite the imminent recovery of summer signing Yaya Sanogo you cannot help but think that Arsene Wenger would do well to bring in some striking support to help out Olivier Giroud.
How about a former Premier League striker, one of the stars at the last World Cup and a player who has scored 70 goals in 61 games for his current team.
That is the incredible tally ex-Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan has at United Arab Emirates side Al Ain.
Obviously his opposition is of a limited class in the UAE so take his exploits with a pinch of salt - however there is little doubting his goalscoring ability.
West Ham tried to bring him in on loan this month and failed, while Gyan had this to say just yesterday about leaving his current club permanently or on loan in January:
“There are a lot of offers, but I don’t really know. I have to finish with the World Cup in the summer and I’ll see whether I’m staying at Al Ain or not. But I’m still happy here. I don’t think so. I don’t want to move in January. I just want to concentrate on the club. We’re in a bad situation at the moment ...I’m not even thinking about leaving.”
With just five days to go until the deadline shuts - that sounds pretty categoric from the Black Stars forward.
However, with all due respect to West Ham and Stoke City, the two teams said to have made official approaches for the player - they are not Arsenal.
They cannot offer Champions League football like the Gunners can and if they were to move for the in form striker - his response might be just a little different.
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