Window is unsettling – Wenger

Arsenal head to Swansea on Sunday looking to get their drive

towards the Premier League top four back on course following defeat

at Fulham.

Wenger may have already made one major move with bringing former

captain Thierry Henry in on a short-term loan deal from New York

Red Bulls – the veteran Frenchman had an instant impact when

scoring in the 1-0 FA Cup third-round win over Leeds – but the

Arsenal manager is not expecting much more activity, in or out.

While Wenger will continue to look to acquire additional cover

at full-back given the number of defenders still recovering from

injury, the Arsenal manager believes in general the whole transfer

system can be unsettling rather than have the opposite effect for

which it was introduced.

“I would leave it completely open all year, or you close it for

a whole year. Now, it is in between,” said Wenger.

“Everybody becomes nervous in November until January. Then

players maybe think, ‘If I don’t play then I will leave in

January’. They are already less committed to the cause, it gives

them an opening.

“We have gone from a period where we knew if we didn’t play we

had to be committed to the club, had no other option but to fight

for the place.

“Now there is not a position where the players have a quick and

easy way out if it is difficult.”

Wenger maintains it is not easy to hand pick the perfect

addition who will hit the ground running.

“In the Premier League the level is so high now and it takes him

three or four months to adjust,” said the Arsenal manager.

“You find a young player who doesn’t play somewhere and needs to

get used to the Premier League, or players who do not play, but by

the time they get fit, you will have your injured players


Arsenal have hauled themselves up the Premier League table

following a dismal start, but nevertheless there remains a

significant gap on the leaders.

Wenger said: “I don’t deny that it is very difficult for us to

win the league, but it is not impossible because it looks like

there are no teams that will keep the consistency they showed in

the first half of the season.

“That is what we need, but if they make 45 points again then for

us it is impossible.”

Instead, the Gunners’ north London rivals Tottenham have led the

challenge to Manchester’s duo.

Arsenal have enjoying bragging rights over their neighbours for

all of Wenger’s tenure, but the Arsenal manager insists he is not

“obsessed” by goings-on at White Hart Lane.

“Let’s be realistic,” he said. “We still have three challenges

left in front of us and there are only two teams who have that in


“It’s the Champions League, FA Cup and the championship – only

us and Chelsea can still do that.”

Swansea have so far performed admirably on their first campaign

in the Premier League after winning promotion via the


Wenger has been impressed with Brendan Rodgers’ side, who have

lost just once at Liberty Stadium.

“They are brave, but not too adventurous, they go through their

wingers and they keep possession, but they do not throw all their

bodies forward. You should give credit to the manager for doing

that,” Wenger said.

“I don’t think they will change their style no matter what

happens [over the second half of the season].”