Think tank: Wenger is facing the biggest threat from Spurs for a generation

By London correspondent Tony Hughes

Arsene Wenger has revealed that he is actively trying to buy new players but has not yet clinched his first signing of the January window.

The Arsenal manager took the rare step of claiming in midweek that he would be “busy, that is for sure” in the winter window as he attempts to strengthen his squad.

Asked on Saturday evening in the wake of Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Newcastle if he would be signing anyone this month, Wenger told the BBC: “Imminent, no, but we will look.”

As revealed by Football Insider, Arsenal have already sealed a deal for Basle midfielder Mohamed Elneny, who is waiting for a work permit before completing a £5.2million transfer to Emirates Stadium.

Pundit Alan Shearer is convinced that Arsene Wenger should three additions in total to strengthen a squad that has been ravaged by injuries to key players in midfield and attacking positions, including Alexis Sanchez, Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin.

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The Gunners made heavy weather of defeating Newcastle at Emirates Stadium on Saturday but clinched the third win in four matches either side of Christmas.

Done deal: Arsenal are set to announce Mohamed Elneny as a January signing
Done deal: Arsenal are set to announce Mohamed Elneny as a January signing

“It was hard work, but we prepared ourselves mentally,” said Wenger. “We were not at our best but we had to dig deep and we can do that when needed.

“If you (Newcastle) are down there then those are the matches you lose but they will not stay down there – they are a good team.

“It was about solidarity, tired legs and taking a chance from a set piece. We were not at our best today, but over Christmas in four games we took nine points so we can look back and say we did 75 per cent of our job as we lost at Southampton.”

Arsenal are now two points clear at the Premier League summit on 42 points after Leicester were held to a goal-less draw by Bournemouth.