Arsenal scout says Wenger won't spend unless it's necessary, January striker? Don't bank on it

Arsenal scout Brian McDermott does not expect the club to sign a top striker in January.

Arsenal scout Brian McDermott has told SkySports News that he does not expect the club to sing a big name striker in January.

McDermott was speaking to the channel's Morning View, broadcast on Thursday at 11am, and discussed what it was like working under manager Arsene Wenger.

The former Reading and Leeds United boss said: "Generally it's a good squad. He signed a fantastic goalkeeper.

"The manager won't spend unless he thinks its absolute necessary.

"The scouting structure at Arsenal is phenomenal.

"We all know who the top strikers in the world are. Can you get them to come? They won't be available in January that's an absolute certainty."

'An absolute certainty'

Arsenal were strongly linked with Karim Benzema in the summer by various outlets, but the Frenchman told The Guardian he never came close to leaving.

With just a month to close deals in January as opposed to the summer, it is harder to do a deal, and even tougher when considering the added reluctance of clubs to part from their best players mid-season, and the likelihood of them being cup-tied for the Champions League.

It sounds like even the staff at Arsenal realise what a huge task it will be to buck that trend this season, and need to hope Oliviier Giroud, Theo Walcott, and a returning Danny Welbeck can handle the demands up front in the critical second half of the campaign.

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