Cesc Fabregas concerns, dodgy keepers and defensive worries... but Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal won't buy in January


Satisfied: Arsenal boss Wenger

Satisfied: Arsenal boss Wenger

Arsene Wenger insists he will keep faith in his Gunners and resist the temptation to buy when the January transfer window opens.

The Arsenal manager tends to do little business in the winter, but brought in Sol Campbell last season to plug a gap and splashed out on Andrey Arshavin in February 2009 in search of a change of fortunes.

Wenger is not without his headaches again this season and has been mulling improvements to his defence and goalkeeping options, but the Frenchman insists he trusts what he already has.

'My policy is to stick to the squad I have, we will not be on the market,' said Wenger.

'I want to keep my squad and I want to continue with these players. We will not be on the market unless we lose some.'

Blow: Captain Fabregas picked up a hamstring injury against Braga

Blow: Captain Fabregas picked up a hamstring injury against Braga

A 4-2 win at Aston Villa on Saturday quashed talk of a crisis and leaves the Gunners just two points behind Premier League leaders Manchester United.

Wenger tried and failed to sign Australian No 1 Mark Schwarzer from Fulham in the summer and has also been tipped to move for Bolton's Gary Cahill, while also admitting captain Cesc Fabregas may need to be used sparingly over the next two months.

Bolton Wanderers' Gary Cahill

Target? Bolton defender Gary Cahill grapples with Blackpool's DJ Campbell (right)

Recovery: Ramsey on his Forest bow

Recovery: Ramsey on his Forest bow

The midfield headached should be aided by Aaron Ramsey's return to fitness. The Wales international was surprisingly sent out on loan to Nottingham Forest last week after playing his first 45 minutes for the reserves in nine months.

The 19-year-old played half an hour of Forest's 1-0 npower Championship defeat by Leicester on Monday night and Wenger is tipping him to return to north London stronger in January.

'He is fit but not competitively match-fit,' said Wenger. 'I left him the choice to go where he wanted.

'There are seven games before January when he comes back and I thought that is the best way.

'I decided to give him a run in the Championship and if he manages to play four or five out of the seven he will be fit to play for us.

'We were a bit pushed by the deadline. To do it before Christmas we had to do it last week so I rushed a bit my decision but it was the only opportunity.'

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