Arsenal: Mikel Arteta hints at January transfer activity

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Arsenal will be active in the January transfer window, according to manager Mikel Arteta.

His side currently sit five points clear at the top of the Premier League, but have suffered injuries to attackers Gabriel Jesus and Reiss Nelson.

The Gunners have been strongly linked with a move for Ukrainian winger Mykhailo Mudryk, as they look to strengthen their attacking depth with Emile Smith-Rowe also injured.

Speaking in a press conference ahead of the resumption of the Premier League following the World Cup, Arteta claimed that the club will explore options in the market to strengthen their light attack, as they aim to win a first Premier League title since 2004.

“We will be in the market always active and we will assess the biggest opportunities that we have,” he stated.

“We are going to be active and active means that we are always looking to strengthen the team.

“This squad doesn’t have the luxury of not maximising every single window, and we have to do that, it is really important, but then we want to get the right profile, the right player and a player that is really going to impact the team and take us to the next level.”

TIF thoughts on Arsenal’s window…

Arsenal certainly do need to strengthen their depth given the injuries in attacking areas, although their first-choice team has shown it is ready to compete with the very best.

Any signing that comes in during the January window will have to be carefully selected, so that they not only bring a strong impact to the team, but they don’t disrupt the vibrant atmosphere and harmony within the club.

Arteta will need to explore options that can help give his side a boost over Manchester City, and a dynamic, versatile attacker like Mudryk could be ideal, whilst a central midfielder to cover for Thomas Partey would also help complete the squad.

The fixture list is brutal, with Europa League knockout games, FA Cup rounds and non-stop Premier League action for the rest of the season, and the squad will need reinforcing to compete on multiple fronts.

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