Unai Emery says that Arsenal have told him the January window is not a good time to buy players, but have promised him that there will be funds available during the summer.
The head coach is facing a defensive nightmare with Sokratis now ruled out for a month, having already lost Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin for the rest of the season.
To mitigate that, the club appear to be trying to sign Ivan Perisic and Denis Suarez on loan, but the hopes of doing any significant business in January appear to be almost zero, with summer plans in place and more cash to spend.
Speaking head of tonight’s game against Cardiff at the Emirates, Emery said of the lack of January spending and the potential loan deals, “The club is telling me that this moment is not good to buy players but the club say to me in the summer it is going to be different.
“And we are going to have chances to take and spend money to buy players.
“We are looking at two different players and the possibility they can come. If they aren’t coming to help us like we want, I prefer they don’t come.”
The Spaniard pointed out that only Chelsea have signed anyone of note during this transfer window, highlighting the difficulty of finding players of the requisite quality, and he says there are other ways for his team to improve.
“The easiest thing for me is to ask for more players but I love to work with my players,” he said.
“My challenge is to improve individually, collectively, offensively, defensively.”