Wenger: I don't need new keeper
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Arsene Wenger has insisted he will not be moving for a new goalkeeper in January.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted he will not be moving for a new goalkeeper in January.
Reports are insistent that Wenger is looking for a new number one, with Antti Niemi, Shay Given, Jussi Jaaskelainen, Robert Green and Mark Schwarzer all linked.
Wenger is reportedly unhappy with his current crop of keepers, with Jens Lehmann falling behind Manuel Almunia in the pecking order - even though the Spaniard has struggled in recent games.
The Arsenal chief admits he likes both Niemi and Given, but he insists that he is not planning on making a move for a new goalkeeper.
"Niemi and Given are very good keepers but we don't look for a new keeper," said Wenger.
"The keeper who is sitting on the bench at the moment is a contender to play for the German national team, so why would we look elsewhere? We have what we need.
"Almunia is getting better with every game. That is a positive sign for me."
Meanwhile, Wenger is confident Patrick Vieira is going to finish his career at Arsenal.
"I would like him to finish his career at Arsenal. I think it's possible," he said.
"With Patrick, I have had some hard battles. But spontaneously, I would say, yes, he will not go anywhere else.
"I was convinced he would go to Real Madrid. But the day he decided to stay, it was not because he was under any threat.
"Real are having a bad patch, they seem to have lost their self-belief, but they will come back. It's just that the players have created something special here and they just want to enjoy that and go as far as we can together."
Wenger also confirmed there would be no new contract talks with his captain, like with Ashley Cole - who needs his wages increasing.
"Patrick has two-and-a-half years to go, so we are not in a hurry," he added.
"We have some situations in which we have to deal more quickly.
"Ashley (Cole) is a different case. That is more about readjusting his wages to what he deserves now that he is at an international level.
"Patrick owes me nothing, he just owes the club and his ambition to give the best he can give.
"That's how he behaves and I have no doubts about his commitment. I know one thing - he believes we are in a good position."