Arsenal news: Mikel Arteta reveals January transfer window approach

As it always happens during a transfer season, the Gunners are linked with players across Europe who could potentially move to Emirates.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta in a file photo. (Image: Twitter)
PUBLISHED: Jan 12, 20222 MINUTE READ

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has remained tight-lipped in relation to questions about possible January transfer window additions. As it always happens during a transfer season, the Gunners are linked with players across Europe who could potentially move to Emirates this month. Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic is one of those linked with the team. However, Arteta has not given anything away when asked about those rumours. The manager stated that all he wants right now is to have as many players as possible “fit and healthy.”

During a press conference Arteta, as quoted by their club’s website, said, “What I really want this month is that we have as many players as possible fit and healthy and that we do the best and maximum with those players. After we have a strategy of how we want to evolve and improve the team, and whenever that is possible we are going to try to do it. We all know that this market is extremely difficult.”

On links with Dusan Vlahovic during the January window, he replied, “I am really sorry to disappoint you, but I am not going to be discussing any transfer rumours. I have never done it, and obviously we cannot do it.”

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Arteta: Every individual situation is different

Asked whether he expects to lose players this month, Arteta said, “Again, this part of the strategy for every individual situation is different, there are a lot of factors that go into making that decision but at the moment everyone who is here is fully involved.”

The manager was also asked if clubs will spend more freely in January now fans have returned to stadiums. He stated, “I don’t know the financial power and position of other clubs. You hear a lot of rumours as you hear about us. Some of them can be possible and some others they are not even considered. I think clubs are always willing to try to improve. We know that there are a couple of clubs in England now that have the possibility to buy players in January, some of them have already done. I’m expecting more activity than last year because clubs are in a better position, but I don’t know how far we’ve come still through this pandemic.”

Arteta was then asked if it’s realistic to pull off a big-money signing without European football. The manager replied, “I don’t know. Historically this club has always been targeting the best players in the world and the best players in the world are always interested to come here and I can say that situation hasn’t changed. Anytime I have spoken to any player, they were so willing to come, I haven’t faced any other situation and that’s one of our biggest powers, our capacity to get the attention of people to come and join our club, it’s something that is a big advantage for us.”



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