Wenger expects “active” January; pays tribute to Bowie

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Arsene Wenger says this transfer window “could be one of the most active” in Premier League history.

The Arsenal manager was speaking to the media ahead of their clash against Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday (Watch live, 3 p.m. on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) where he also confirmed that attacker Alexis Sanchez will not play but could make his comeback on Sunday at Stoke City.

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With the Gunners hoping to wrap up a deal for Egyptian central midfielder Mohamed Elneny from Basel in the coming days, Wenger hasn’t ruled out further moves for his side and thinks there will be plenty of movement among the 20 Premier League teams before the window slams shut on Jan. 31.

“I would say for the media you could have some good news [with the] January transfer window. I believe many clubs will be active,” Wenger said. “You go from the clubs who are down in the table like Villa, who have to do something, to the clubs at the top. I’m sure many of them could be very active. My prediction is that it could be one of the most active transfer windows in January that you have seen.

“At the bottom and at the top, everyone thinks they have a responsibility to do something because we have a chance if we do improve our squad. At the bottom, especially with the new TV deal coming in, the teams who fear to go down will be under pressure not to accept the situation. We have seen in the past that teams who have responded well in January were successful sometimes.”

Wenger also spoke about legendary British musician and performer David Bowie, who passed away late on Sunday aged 69.

“I am a fan of his music, of course, but I am not a specialist enough to assess his music quality. I must say the message he gave to my generation was very important,” Wenger said. “It was basically after the second World War and what I keep from his philosophical message is: be strong enough to be yourself. And that is a very strong message.”