Arsenal: Charles Watts believes Arteta will be backed in January

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Journalist Charles Watts believes that Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will be backed with funds in the January transfer window.

The Gunners currently sit five points clear at the top of the Premier League after a stunning start to the season, although question marks remain over their strength in depth.

Star striker Gabriel Jesus is absent with a significant injury, and the likes of Emile Smith Rowe, Reiss Nelson and Oleksandr Zinchenko have all missed plenty of games.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Watts claimed that the board should and probably will back their manager with the necessary resources to boost the squad ahead of a challenging second half of the season as the Gunners look to compete domestically and in the Europa League.

He said: “I do believe they’ll back him in January, I think it’ll be crazy if they don’t. I don’t know exactly to what extent they’re gonna back him, but I think they will try and do stuff.

“They are very aware of the position they’re in. They know they’ve given themselves such a fantastic opportunity of doing something very special over the second half of the season – whether it would be the title, whether it would just be finally getting back into the Champions League.

“Whatever sort of target you want to set that you think is realistic for Arsenal this season, they’ve got a great chance of achieving that this season, but you can’t rest on your laurels.

“They’ve got to make sure that the squad is ready, and I think they’ll do it, I think they’ll try and back him. Whether that means they can actually get the players, we’ll have to wait and see.”

TIF Thoughts on Arsenal’s January business…

It is clear that if Arsenal are to try and stay ahead of Manchester City, they will need to pad the squad with a bit more quality in depth.

The first-choice XI is clearly good enough to compete for the title, but as the fixture schedule becomes more intense and injuries start to rack up, the difference in having quality backup may ultimately be the deciding factor.

There have been strong links to Mykhaylo Mudryk, and we think an extra attacker to compete with the front three of Gabriel Martinelli, Jesus and Bukayo Saka could inject extra goals and dynamism to the side and could provide a strong enough boost to get Arteta’s side over the line at the end of the season.

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