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Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he is not looking to add too many players in the January transfer window, as he has players returning from injury and the apparent dearth of quality replenishment in the market. Arsenal are currently two points clear of Leicester City at the top following their win over Newcastle United, but have a bevy of challenging fixtures coming up, which will question their mettle in a title run.
The Gunners have been heavily linked with a move for Mohamed Elneny, who has reportedly completed his medical with the north London club, but is currently waiting for clearance on his work permit. The situation is complicated, as Egypt has fallen out of the top 50 teams in Fifa rankings, which makes Elneny ineligible for automatic clearance, despite having played the requisite number of games for his national side.
The midfielder is likely to be Arsenal's only signing in the upcoming transfer window, unless a quality player turns up who is available for purchase. The Frenchman revealed that he is in the market to add a maximum of two players, but unlikely to go ahead for any further signings.
"I don't give much away [about transfers] because I don't know [what's going on]. I want to talk about them and hopefully we are capable of doing something in the next 10 days," Wenger said, as quoted by talkSPORT.
"It's more about quality than quantity because our players will not stay out injured forever. Hopefully, if we can add one and, if needed, two maximum. It's not a dream. Nobody knocks at your door at Christmas and says 'I have a fantastic player to sell to Arsenal.' You have to be realistic," he added.
Wenger confirmed that Mikel Arteta is back in the mix while Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin closer to a first team return than previously thought. The Gunners have a tough period ahead, with trips to Stoke City and Liverpool in the next few weeks, before hosting Chelsea at the Emirates.