Wenger rules out January exits
Arsene Wenger insists there is little chance of Arsenal letting anyone leave in the current transfer window.
Goalkeeper Manuel Almunia and forward Andrey Arshavin have been linked with moves, but Wenger feels with the number of games coming up the Gunners cannot afford to let anyone leave. Arsenal take on West Ham tomorrow, just three days after losing the first leg of their League Cup semi-final to Ipswich.
Asked about the possibility of any players leaving this month, Wenger told Arsenal TV Online: "No, not at the moment." On the subject of Aaron Ramsey going out on loan, he added: "At the moment no because we have so many games in front of us that we want everybody to be here and available."
Arsenal head to Upton Park with the hosts bottom of the Premier League and their boss Avram Grant under pressure. Wenger, though, feels the game will be a far from simple one. "Now between team number 12 and the bottom of the league is two or three points, that's one game," he said. "You cannot draw any conclusion of weakness down to the position only in the league because nobody is really bad enough to be away.
"It's a very compact field and that makes the league very interesting and very exiting and makes every game very, very competitive. We will go there to focus and to play well and I'm confident we will play well."
It would hardly come as a surprise if Grant lost his job given how many teams have dispensed with their managers so far this term, and Wenger believes it is a trend which will not bring rewards. "It is a bit of a new landscape of the Premier League and I don't agree with it," he added. "But it looks like the future of the Premier League will be maybe less stable for the managers than it was, which certainly will be corrected again. It's a bit cyclical and then people realise that doesn't work then it will change again."
Lukasz Fabianski is rated 50-50 for the match due to a shoulder problem, while Denilson (thigh) is also a slight doubt but is expected to be fit.