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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has said he is in talks with manager Edu Gaspar and the club as they draw up their plan ahead of the January transfer window, according to ESPN’s James Olley.
The January transfer window is known to be challenging, as clubs prefer not to lose their star players mid-season. The Gunners boss has hinted that the club may need to sell players before they can make any new signings, as they are restricted by the size of their team.
The north London team failed to sell off several of its fringe players such as Shkodran Mustafi, Sead Kolasinac, Sokratis and Mesut Ozil in the summer. Sokratis and Ozil were left out of the club’s Premier League and Europa League squads and could leave next month if an offer is received that satisfies all parties.
Mikel Arteta is understood to be aiming for a creative midfielder and central defender. Dominik Szoboszlai of Red Bull Salzburg, Houssem Aouar of Lyon and Christian Eriksen of Inter Milan have all been linked with moves to the Emirates. The Gunners were interested in signing Aouar in the summer, but couldn’t agree on a fee with the French team. It will be interesting to see if they come back for the player in January or decide to look for other options.
In the January transfer window, Arteta said:
“We are planning, talking to [technical director] Edu and with the club about the things we can do in January ”.
“But at the moment it is quite difficult, unpredictable as well. In terms of places, we are very restricted at the moment. We will see what happens, I think things will move in the market, we will be prepared, we will have to do something knowing the limitations of that market in January and the limitations that we also have to sign players ”.
It is crucial that the North London club support their coach and help him bring in reinforcements next month. Arsenal have had their worst start to the season in Premier League history. They rank above just three teams in the league in shots taken in the 2020/21 campaign and have scored ten goals in their first ten games.
Arteta is at the beginning of his project, but the poor results so far this season are beginning to increase the pressure on him. Anyone who watches football will be able to see that this team needs a creative player in the middle of the park who can provide passes that divide the defense and help players like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexander Lacazette find the back of the net.
If the Gunners fail to fill this gap, it’s hard to imagine their young coach drastically changing his luck between now and the end of the season, and if that’s the case, he will be asked many more questions. The club must back him now.