Arsenal complete busy January transfer window
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger had revealed very early on that he would not be making any major signings during the January transfer window and he certainly came through on his promise as no high profile player arrived at the Emirates Stadium last month.
However, this is not to say that Arsenal were not busy in January on the transfer front as the Gunners completed no less than eight deals, most of them departures of young players on loan. Here is the list of the transfers completed by Arsenal during the window –
Cohen Bramall (£40,000, Hednesford Town)
Stephy Mavididi (Charlton on loan)
Chuba Akpom (Brighton on loan)
Matt Macey (Luton Town on loan)
Gedion Zelalem (VVV Venlo on loan)
Ismael Bennacer (Tours on loan)
Marc Bola Notts (County on loan)
Kaylen Hinds (Stevenage on loan)
Krystian Bielik (Birmingham on loan)
Ramsey and Oxlade-Chamberlain suffer knocks against Watford
Arsenal’s bid to claim the Premier League title was dealt with another severe blow after they suffered a disappointing 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Watford on Tuesday night and in addition to the loss, the Gunners have been handed a double injury setback as well.
Manager Arsene Wenger has gone on to reveal that Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain picked up knocks on the night and while the latter is expected to be fit for Chelsea, the former is set to be ruled out.
Wenger told Arsenal’s official website, “It’s a calf strain. I don’t know how long he (Ramsey) will be out for, but it’s a calf strain. He (Oxlade-Chamberlain) got a kick on his knee, yes. I think he should be alright (for the Chelsea game).”
Wenger unhappy at his players’ lack of fight
Arsenal suffered a 2-1 defeat against Watford at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night and the result means that the Gunners currently find themselves a whopping nine points off of leaders Chelsea in the Premier League table.
With Arsenal’s title pursuit now in jeopardy, manager Arsene Wenger was clearly not impressed with his players’ performances during the clash and following the game, the Frenchman went on to question their mentality.
Speaking to the BBC after the game, Wenger said, “It was obvious we lost duels and were not sharp enough. It looked more mentally that we were not ready for the challenges.
“We were unlucky for the first goal which was deflected after a soft free-kick. It took us a while to get into the game, it was all us in the second half and unlucky not to get something from the game.
“You look at the facts and we were beaten in the duels. When you play at home in our position, that is not normal. Everybody in the Premier League is strong physically and 90% is not enough.”