Arsenal manager has disclosed plans for the squad ahead of the January transfer window as new faces are expected to come in
Mikel Arteta would be looking to strengthen up his squad as the January transfer window draws closer with several top flight names already linked to the North London team.
But the 38-year-old stressed much on the importance of having to flush the squad before new names can come in as he drives to avoid mistakes made the previous window with Ozil and Sokratis not even registered in the squad.
Speaking to reporters, the Spaniard said; “We have a large squad, we know that,” said the Gunners boss. “A lot of things that should have happened in the summer, we could not accomplish for different reasons.Embed from Getty Images
“There are some players that are going to go on loan, they are going to leave, and that’s the priority at the moment because we can’t sustain the numbers that we have in certain positions.
“We are looking to do that and then we well see. If we have the right opportunity in the positions that we need some more help, we are working with the club to try to address that.”
Arteta continued: “Financially it’s not only us, it’s every single club in the Premier League that’s been hit. We know that this is not going to change in the next year or so and we are going to have to add somehow if we want to improve the team in different ways.
“Financially, some sort of support will decide whether it is with loans or buying players in relation to the opportunities that we have in the market.”Embed from Getty Images
With Ozil, Sokratis, Callum Chambers, Mustafi, Saliba and Sead Kolasinac all linked to an exit, Arteta was also quizzed on the imminent exit of Kolasinac with the Bosnian close to a Schalke switch.
“I can’t confirm anything yet,” Arteta said. “We are working on a couple of things. The window is going to bring a lot of news, some are true, some are not. Whenever we have something to say, we will announce it.
“There are some conversations around a few players and whether we can find some loans because the numbers we have in the squad at the moment are really big. But we cannot confirm anything yet.”
Former Academy star, Reiss Nelson is also another name heavily linked to an exit rumor following his absence since the Rapid Wienna crash on December 3rd.Embed from Getty Images
Arteta however insisted that what the media say isn’t the case as the former Academy star has been absent due to an injury issue which he has already kick-started recovery process.
“Probably it’s my mistake not to clarify the situation and what was happening,” said the Gunners boss. “He’s not been 100% fit, that’s the reason he’s been out and has not been featuring around the squad.
“He had a little niggle, a muscular issue, he’s been in and out of training. It’s a shame because I felt he’s been getting into his [top] performance levels and he had started to have some really good games and was starting to build that momentum.
“This little injury has stepped him back a little bit, but I think this week he’s been much better.”
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