Date: 12th December 2008 at 1:49pm
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As we get ever closer to the January transfer window speculation begins to heighten as to what could happen in the transfer game of musical chairs that entertains and frustrates in more or less equal measure.

Current reports are that disaffected Gallas is due to leave following his demotion for publicly criticising unnamed team-mates with Italy his possible destination. This coincides with a report that Senderos may end his season long loan stint at AC Milan a little early. He has played relatively few games for them so, if he does so it is unlikely that he will return with a great deal of practical benefit from his Italian job. Never a real crowd favourite for the gunners his return would generate a mixed response but there does seem some sort of synergy in the two moves.

Bendtner is another nominated in the media as on the move in January. There are stories of either a loan or possible sale of the player but today Wenger has come out in support of the big Dane saying “I believe that at this moment he puts a lot of pressure on himself and he does not play with enough freedom.

“I am sure he works harder than ever in training and that will come good but at the moment he does not get rewarded for the kind of pressure he puts into his training.”

The return of Eduardo might seem to raise questions about the space in the team for Bendtner but the manager thinks it will be late January before we see him operating at a competitive enough level “It is great news,” Wenger told the club`s website. “Of course the problem for Eduardo is that, even though he is playing a game, we still must get him back to a competitive level. Basically we don`t know how much patience he will need but if patience is needed we have to take it.

“I still believe that we have to give him at least one and a half months competition before he will be completely back at the level he was before.

“But he has a fantastic basis of fitness because he has worked unbelievably hard. I mean unbelievably hard. So he could still surprise us by being a little bit quicker.”

Players we might not see for a time are those Wenger is looking to send out on loan. Le Boss told us last week that ‘Jay Simpson, Gavin Hoyte and Kieran Gibbs might [go on-loan]. They need to play somewhere in the Championship for three or four months. Not Jack Wilshere though – he is too young.”

One player definitely not returning just yet is left back/wingback Armand Traore who tells us “I am at Portsmouth on loan until the end of the season, and will return to Arsenal straight away.

“After that, I am going to have to speak with Arsene Wenger to see what he plans for me.”

The summer transfer window ended with a fair amount of disappointment expressed by many gooners. It maybe though that those priorities for strengthening the squad have changed since the summer with mixed performances so far this season and the knowledge that Rosicky has been ruled out for virtually all of the season.

What are gooners expectations and priorities now? Will we be satisfied, reassured, disgruntled or unconvinced at the end of January? Not everyone will agree whatever happens.



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