Date: 28th December 2012 at 11:29pm
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Arsene Wenger has indicated that his phone will be on this January with the broadest hint yet that he will be blowing the dust off the chequebook. He told Arsenal.com, ‘Yes, I will be busy,’ he confirmed. ‘I don’t feel under pressure to name names because you [the media] find them on your own.

‘We have the potential to be in the Champions League with what we have. We are open to strengthening the team, but the difficulty is to find what strengthens us. [You don’t always find that with] the players available on the market.’

Wenger also suggested that he would be on the lookout for someone that can make an immediate impact, before his usual cautionary tale, ”Yes [we want players who can make an immediate impact], that is why it is so difficult as well. Man United bought Robin van Persie for £24million and he is 29 years old.

‘They have scouts all over the world. They looked everywhere. Don’t think that they just came in and bought Van Persie, they looked everywhere else. But to find the quality of striker that would strengthen a top Premier League team at the moment in the world is difficult.’

However, if Arsenal want to add, they have to be mindful of the 25 man squad limit and with many a fringe player frozen out this season, outgoings are just as likely. Arsene admitted that Andrey Arshavin, whom the club tried to shift in the summer, is welcome to leave, ‘I have not had a call from Reading.

‘But if he finds a solution that is satisfying for him and for us we will consider it.’