Mikel Arteta provides fresh update on January transfer plans for Arsenal

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has provided an update on the January transfer plans ahead of the club’s Premier League meeting against Chelsea on Tuesday evening.

The Gunners have made no signings since the beginning of the year and with just 10 days left before the winter transfer deadline, there are doubts whether the club have plans to recruit any player.

Speaking in the press conference ahead of Tuesday’s derby, Arteta was asked for an update on possible arrivals, but he remained relatively calm as he stated that there has been no progress in the pursuit of a new signing.

The Spaniard added that he won’t be discontent with the club’s inability to sign anyone before the end of the month and stressed that the focus remains on improving the squad with a particular player rather than spending for the sake of it.

“Things haven’t moved at all since the weekend. I would not be unhappy without anyone in because we couldn’t, it’s because the players have to be players who can really help us and make a difference in the squad, not just [signing] for the sake of bringing in players,” he told.

The season-ending injury for Calum Chambers is definitely a blow for the Gunners at the heart of the defence but Arteta seems pleased with the current options at hand.

David Luiz, Sokratis, Rob Holding and Shkodran Mustafi are the specialist central defensive options at Arteta’s disposal and the latter appears likely to stay put with the club after being reintroduced to Premier League action during the recent 1-1 draw against Sheffield United.

Arsenal are said to be working with a small budget for the January transfer window and they may likely resort to a loan deal to sign a player before next week’s deadline. As per The Star, Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng appears the prime target to arrive on loan to add competition for the central defensive spots.

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