Date: 30th January 2017 at 5:48pm
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Manager Arsene Wenger has now held his pre game press conference ahead of Tuesday’s clash against Watford.

With Watford capturing AC Milan forward M’Baye Niang the other day, the 22 year old could feature in the game and Wenger is very aware of his qualities.

Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media earlier today, Wenger explained.

‘I know Niang well because he played for Caen and we had him here on trial. He`s a very talented striker individually, and he can create chances. He`s very strong as well physically, and very quick. I think he will be a major asset for them. He’s on loan from AC Milan and we have to keep him quiet because he`s a guy who can do something special.’

Given the January transfer window closes a short period after the game will end, Wenger was obviously pressed on any deal that were in the pipeline.

‘Very quiet. On our front, we have a big squad and we are not in need of buying. On a general front it has been very quiet. That shows that there are not many players available who can strengthen English teams. It also shows that all the teams in England, especially the big teams, have big squads. That`s why not a lot happened.’

Wenger went on to say.

‘Yes, of course. It`s not only to buy players, you have to have a need in your squad first of all. I believe that number-wise and quality-wise, we have what is required to do well. Now it`s down to us to perform and to produce with the quality of our focus, the quality of our ambition and desire to produce the performance in every single game.’

With options upfront bolstered by the return to fitness of Danny Welbeck, his return to goalscoring form took the pressure off – as did the form of others.

‘Yes. Welbeck`s return, the quality of all our players on the offensive front we played with Lucas, Walcott and Welbeck. Giroud was not involved, Alexis was on the bench, Ozil did not play, so offensively we have a very strong squad.’

With Karim Benzema links resurfacing.

‘Because he`s French! Maybe there are some noises that he would leave Madrid, but as I just told you, there is no need for us to buy any strikers.’

Wenger also admitted that there were no offers for Mathieu Debuchy but something could possibly happen ahead of the window closing.

‘It`s still possible, yes. He`s completely fit now and is back in full training.’

Carl Jenkinson and his future also featured in the interviews and with links to Crystal Palace, Wenger said admitted he wasn’t near a move yet.

‘There`s no news about him at all. We are still open because we have many players in his position, but at the moment it doesn`t look like something will happen.’

With Palace links talked about, he did say a deal wasn’t dead from the club’s point of view – but equally again it’s not near but it would be a permanent move.

‘For us, no. For him? I don`t know.’

With Welbeck’s goalscoring return, he obviously featured.

‘First of all, I`m pleased with their individual performances. It`s important to have players. We have scored many goals since the start of the season and Danny was not there. To add him to the squad as well gives us huge offensive potential. Now I have to use the strikers well, in the right moment and without destroying the balance of the team. I would add Lucas to that as well. He did very well on Saturday to create chances. Offensively, we have many players who can produce and score.’

Wenger went on to add.

‘To come out of what he has come through, you need to be mentally strong. To play like he played on Saturday, you need to work hard physically. That`s not a gift of God. You have to go through all kind of suffering to come back to that level of fitness.’

He also spoke about Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and whether his future lay through the middle.

‘I agree with you there is a debate to be had. He is a good flank player and a good central player, but the future, personally I would say, is more central than on the flank for him. But when you are young, you want to come in the team and the push is always a bit more on the flank. Why? Because centrally there is more experience demanded, more planning, more tactical planning and on the flanks you can be a bit more instinctive. But naturally, he is a guy I think who is comfortable to be involved always in the game. It looks in all the games he played central, in many of them he has done very well.’

In terms of team news it’s the same group as before with only Granit Xhaka missing really because of his suspension.

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