We’re a month away from the January transfer window opening, but will it be a busy one for Arsenal?
History tells us that manager Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu will improve the Gunners’ first-team squad by making at least one new signing – and they could very well make use of the loan market once again.
However, there have been calls for the Arsenal pair to sign three players – including Dusan Vlahovic – in the new year to help with their quest to seal a return to Europe for next season.
Although, after Arteta revealed the club’s stance on the January window, it’s unlikely there will be a repeat of the summer’s huge outlay of £150million spent on six new signings.
With that said, the Spaniard did admit to having talks about the upcoming transfer window and that they will be alert to any situation that can benefit the squad.
“We are in discussions [internally],” he said in the pre-Manchester United press conference on Wednesday morning. “We have talks every week about it, how we can improve the team, and what things can happen in the January transfer window that can affect our squad.
“As you know, we have certain players with a little bit of uncertainty in the summer so we have to plan what’s going to happen now and what’s going to happen in the summer.
“A lot has to be done, we know and we don’t expect big things to be happening, but we need to be very alert in the market to see if we can improve the team.
“We have to be prepared because things can happen and injuries can arise in this period of the season and you have to be prepared and planned.”
Along with Vlahovic, Ianis Stoica, Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Barbosa and Alexander Isak are just some of the names being tipped for a January move to the Emirates Stadium in order to increase Arteta’s options in attack.
With captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang away at the African Cup of Nations in the new year, goals may become even more of a concern if the Gunners are to maintain their top four push.