Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Won't Be End of Spending Says Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger has suggested Arsenal's January transfer business will not be limited to bringing in Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as his search for a defender continues.

Arsenal announced the arrival of Mkhitaryan, the Armenian forward, from Manchester United on Monday (January 22) as Alexis Sanchez went the other way in the most sensational deal of the winter.

Borussia Dortmund's Gabon forward Aubameyang is expected to follow shortly, with Arsenal's chief executive Ivan Gazidis and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat in Germany to negotiate the deal.

But speaking at his press conference on Tuesday, Wenger suggested he wanted to see the club invest even further during the window as he provided an update on Aubameyang.

"You never know how close. These are the kind of things that, at the moment, are one of the possible movements," Wenger said, as quoted by The Daily Telegraph. "We have other things in mind as well and we have plenty of opportunities in different positions. We can buy players. We are busy on all fronts, so overall I think we are open-minded. Every opportunity we have to strengthen our squad, we'll take."

Laurent Koscielny returned to Wenger's defense for a 4-1 win over Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, alongside Shkodran Mustafi and Nacho Monreal. Rob Holding and Calum Chambers have both also featured in the back three in recent weeks, with Arsenal failing to keep a clean sheet in the Premier League in more than a month.

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Arsene Wenger at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth, January 14. Wenger wants to see Arsenal sign a defender in the winter transfer window. Clive Rose/Getty

Wenger is keen to strengthen his defense after the major change in his attack. The Frenchman refused to criticize Sanchez, who was described as a "mercenary" by former Arsenal defender Martin Keown.

"Of course the financial aspect is important," Wenger said. "He could combine both. I think he's going to a great club and he gets a great contract, so you can understand that a professional player can combine both aspects.

"Alexis is a great guy and has always been committed. Did the negotiations go well or not well? It has never affected him and I would just like to remind you I took him to the hotel on the night before the Crystal Palace game and he was completely focused and ready to play the next day until I told him, 'Look you can go home, the deal is over the line'. No matter how the negotiations went he was always focused on football."

Sanchez can make his debut for United against Yeovil Town on Friday, while Mkhitaryan will have to wait until January 30, when Arsenal travel to Swansea, due to being cup-tied in the League Cup. Wenger's team host Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday for the second leg of the semifinal having drawn 0-0 in the first leg.