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O'Neill looks to strengthen
24 Dec 2008 - 10:03:47
Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is keen to strengthen his top-four chasing side in the January transfer window.
Villa are currently third in the table, but O'Neill believes he needs a stronger squad if he is to challenge domestically and in Europe this term.
"We'll definitely have a look (in January)," O'Neill said. "Whether we're successful in the market or not I really don't know at this moment.
"But January is the only opportunity you get. Once that closes down then you have what you have and February, March, April and May become long months if you've been unable to get some other people into the football club.
"If we can beat Arsenal on Boxing Day we can go a few points clear of them.
"But at this stage of the season I don't think that six points clear is either make or break.
"If you were going for the championship, as Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool have been doing for some considerable years, they might look to the teams around them and think 'well, we're six or seven points behind at Christmas - that might be tough'.
"But for the rest of us, we look and think that's only two victories and they can catch that in mid-February or the end of March or something like that.
"Those teams up at the top don't consider two or three points difference at this stage of the season as any major setback."