Why Arsenal Fans Shouldn't Get Too Excited About the January Transfer Window

High on the list of every football fan's Christmas wishlist is for their club to conduct business in the new year that will aid their team. January offers the excitement of signing a player to fulfil a team's hopes for the season.

But, in north London, Arsenal fans shouldn't get too excited this Christmas. Arsene Wenger has said there is a 90 percent chance that he will have the same players at the beginning of February that he has now.

The Frenchman suggested he would consider potential signings in January but expected to reach the end of the month without any major changes to his squad.

"You do not imagine that we will change 10 players in January," the Arsenal manager told beIN Sports. "It's 90 percent that it's the same squad.

"If we can find some additions to strengthen our squad we will do it. But we have a big squad, I think we have players of quality. We need just to stick together and fight as we can until the end of the season.

"I believe that we have to be faithful to the players we have at the moment."

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Arsene Wenger at London Stadium, London, December 13. Wenger suggests Arsenal will do little business in January. Shaun Botterill/Getty

Wenger's words may offer Arsenal fans some relief, though, as many fear Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez could both leave the club in January. The duo, regarded as Arsenal's best players, see their contracts at the Emirates Stadium expire at the end of the season.

Ozil and Sanchez can leave the club for free in the summer and are free to make a pre-contract agreement with any club they wish in January. Some reports suggest Arsenal would be willing to sell one of the two players.

But, asked about the two players, Wenger said: "Sanchez and Ozil have a contract until June. That's it."

Arsenal was linked to Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar in the summer, and is expected to make a bid for the Frenchman in January. However, The Independent says Lemar, who is also wanted by Antonio Conte at Chelsea, would prefer a move to Anfield with Liverpool rather than going to the Emirates.

The transfer window reopens on January 1.