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Arsene Wenger doesn't often share his transfer plans in public, however, such is the precarious nature of the Gunners' start to the season that the London giants find themselves sucked into a mid-table scrap where they find themselves in the company of teams like Everton, West Brom, Tottenham, West Ham and Swansea, and with all due respect to the players and fans of those clubs, it is hardly where Arsenal want to be seen.
The reality of football though is that the table doesn't lie, and after another poor start to the Premier League season, Arsenal once again find themselves in a position of needing to play catch-up if they are to get into the Champions League spots for next year - Wenger's self professed 'other trophy'.
In an interview with French television station Bein Sport, Wenger has accepted that Arsenal need to bolster their squad in the winter and have sufficient funds at their disposal to bring in two new players and also hope to take Thierry Henry on loan from New York Red Bulls once again.
Wenger said, "This winter we will work very hard because we have some funds available. It could happen that we buy two players, but I cannot reveal the names. A loan [for Henry] is still a possibility, but we will still try to strengthen for the long term.
"Henry is the talent that you dream to have. He has fantastic physique, fantastic technique, a fantastic brain, all built together in one man. At the start he was not confident enough but he has gone on to show what a great player he is."
While the presence of Thierry Henry will surely boost the team's morale in January, the veteran striker only offers some protection while Gervinho is away at the African Cup of Nations. It is the two signings that Wenger has identified that remain the cause for much speculation, and it is widely believed that while one of those signings will be a player for the future, who will get blooded into the first team, the other will be someone who can make an immediate impact.
Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Wilfried Zaha remain the two favourites to be seen in an Arsenal shirt in January, but one wouldn't put it past Monsieur Wenger to spring a surprise on us either.
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