Former Arsenal and England striker Alan Smith believes Arsene Wenger has a good enough squad to win the title without any more additions in the January transfer window. The Gunners had seven players out against Stoke City on Sunday 17 January but did well to scrape out a draw, something Smith believes would have led to a loss in recent years.
The Gunners have already signed Mohamed Elneny from FC Basel in January to shore up their options in the midfield, with Francis Coquelin, Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky all out for a major part of the campaign. Rosicky is already back in first-team training, while the likes of Wilshere and Coquelin are expected to back next month, giving the Gunners some much needed depth in the middle of the pitch.
However, the most decisive news for the Gunners would be the imminent availability of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez for the game against Chelsea, with both likely to shrug off injuries that kept them out of Arsenal's visit to the Britannia last weekend. Ozil had a toe injury which kept him out while Sanchez is still recovering from a hamstring problem, which has troubled him for almost two months. Danny Welbeck is also expected to be back in the mix within three weeks, thus making it a major dilemma on the selection front for the north London club.
"Danny Welbeck is apparently only three weeks away and that will help them if he comes back in the kind of form he is capable of," Smith told Sky Sports. "Any manager would love to get in a world-class player to give the dressing room a lift, but it's so difficult and I don't think it's going to happen.
"I think they've got enough. They didn't have Ozil or Sanchez at Stoke and they were able to cope with that, and they're due back soon so they're not far off full strength."