Date: 15th January 2013 at 11:01pm
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Arsene Wenger has declared that he is still in the market for players in January, but that the club will prioritise tying Theo Walcott to a new contract before making moves for player purchases.

But Wenger cautioned that January is a difficult time to find players, ‘It has become more difficult for one simple reason: We have a good squad. I know we swim against the stream a bit because people don’t believe that. I say we have a very good squad.’

The Arsenal boss continued, ‘We have some improvements to make and we know exactly where. In January it is difficult to find the players that are really better and can give something special to the squad.

‘The number is right. We have a good balance. We are working very hard to find what we want.

‘We are working very hard. First of all we want to sort out the injuries we have, and we are trying very hard to close the deal with (Theo) Walcott. Once we have done that, we will certainly do something else. At the moment I cannot tell you more.’

But he did have a positive prognosis for Mikel Arteta, ‘Arteta’s injury could be shorter than three weeks because it’s a minor calf strain. It’s a light grade one so it could be quicker than three weeks.

‘Mikel Arteta is an important player. First of all, he’s a good player, a tactically intelligent player, and a winner. He has three important qualities that you miss when you don’t have him.’