Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger snapped at reporters yesterday as he fielded questions over the crisis club.

Asked about his signings, like Marouane Chamakh and Andre Santos, Wenger was tetchy.

"Don't worry - we will buy Lionel Messi in January and we will surprise you," was the icy response.

He also remarked: "At the moment we have qualified for the Champions League knockout stage for 13 years out of the last 16. When I listen to the media, it must be a mistake: they talk like we are in the Championship."