Arsene Wenger has refused to cave in to the supporters' demand to delve deep into the transfer market in the upcoming transfer market, and insists that he is ready to wait for his players to return from injury. The Frenchman has not signed a single outfield player in the summer window, with Petr Cech being the only notable addition to the squad.
The Gunners suffered their fourth defeat of the season against Southampton in a 4-0 annihilation at the St Mary's and Wenger will be desperate for his team to put up a good show when they take on Bournemouth at the Emirates on Monday, 28 December. The swelling injury crisis has not made their job any easier, with seven players currently out of the squad, while Mathieu Debuchy has not made the matchday squad in the last two games, possibly hinting at a departure in the upcoming month.
Alexis Sanchez will return in January, while Jack Wilshere, who was earlier earmarked for a return in the busy Christmas period, has his recovery pushed back to February. Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin and Tomas Rosicky are also waiting for a return to first team action before the end of the season.
The Gunners are only two points behind leaders Leicester City and a win against Eddie Howe's men can see them go top of the league for the time being. However, Wenger is not willing to give in to the supporters' demands and is unlikely to loosen his purse-strings to bring more cover.
"That is always a question we will get. I think we have many players who are injured and come back soon. Buy, buy, buy is always the solution people see but tonight we couldn't score and we conceded goals but we have enough defenders," Wenger told Arsenal's official website, when asked if he was likely to spend.
Referring to Bournemouth, he said: "They have been very good. At the start of the season when they didn't win the games they played very well."