Emery: Door open for one or two January signings

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Unai Emery says Arsenal are open to doing business in the January transfer window but only if they can find players who are able to help them.

It’s no secret that the Spaniard is eager to bolster his defence with a new signing this month, however, with funds set to be limited, he’ll be hoping that Sven Mislintat and Raul Sanllehi can put their contact book to good use to bag a bargain.

“It’s not easy, changing and improving our team in the transfer market,” said the Spaniard after his side’s 4-1 win over Fulham, a result that temporarily closes the gap on fourth place Chelsea to two points.

“But the club is working, we are watching different possibilities because maybe we can, if the transfer market gives us opportunities, sign one or two players. But it’s not easy.”

The Gunners have been linked with a loan move for Chelsea’s out-of-favour centre-back Gary Cahill. At 33, he’s not a long-term solution, but he could potentially do a job until the end of the season when additional funds will be made available to the recruitment team.

“We didn’t speak about him,” was Emery’s response when asked specifically about Cahill.

It would be surprising if Chelsea were to lend us a hand when the race for the top four is so tight, but stranger things have happened. It’s hardly surprising that Emery is keeping his cards close to his chest right now.

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Pedant
Pedant

Sounds better than I was expecting ie no signings.

Let’s hope the new management team does some magic in the window.

Lanre
Lanre

He wouldn’t exactly come out and say we aren’t signing anybody now, would he? His words were meant to pacify the fan base. You sound pacified.

Jarghs
Jarghs

Crikey, who pissed on your cornflakes?

Parisian Weetabix
Parisian Weetabix

Selitos.

GoonerJust
GoonerJust

Where is Mavropanos by the way, he’s been injured for 6 month?? Still no sign of him getting back on training?

kokafalasi
kokafalasi

There were pictures of him being back in full training with the first team earlier this week. Hopefully he can play soon. Greek CB pairing Sokrapanos to the rescue!

thw14
thw14

When dealing with Shtan, the correct approach is to say “yeah, I reckon we’ll need about 7-8 new 50 million pound players this January to deal with the crap decisions made prior to my arrival.”

Then a) the fans are made well aware that the manager is not deluded and b) you put yourself in a decent position to atleast get two or three instead of Kim Kallstrom as the clock strikes 12.

He’s a quick learner Unai, he’ll get there. Shtan – take your cost-cutting and shove it.

Runzac
Runzac

Loosing both Bellerin and Holding has been a blow hasn´t it? Then we “lost” Mustafi, yeah I know not a big blow but what I´m trying to say we lost stability – we did go 22 unbeaten. Now Kos is back and Bellerin and even Monreal so I´m not that worried. What we do in the summer window will be crucial.

Gordy
Gordy

Kos was starting to look like himself yesterday, if you know what I mean.

Mick Malthouse
Mick Malthouse

Every window is an opportunity. Emery must know by now he can’t achieve his goals with this squad. The players got a new chance to prove themselves with the change in manager and many have failed.
We must buy whenever we get the right opportunity.

Deano

Not something we really hear during a transfer window. Can only be a positive, rather than spending a month in anticipation and ending up with nothing.

High gooner
High gooner

I think this is something we have heard before tho.. “If we can find, one or two super quality that can help us, we will do it”

Deano

It is a light relief to chuckle at some of them statements of wonder from Le Prof.

Obviously there was no one out there better than what we had. It was Arsene’s way of saying “yeah nothing happening.”

Paul Roberts
Paul Roberts

No Cahill then. Probably best…

SharpasFc
SharpasFc

I’ve tried to get my head around Cahill “helping” us, but my natural instinct to hate anyone that plays for Chelsea is standing in the way of that. Hearing Emery say that they haven’t spoken about him has cheered me up no end.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

He has that classic Chelsea prick about him so I don’t like the guy. Didn’t know he was 33 either. We have enough ageing players and being only a year younger than Lichtsteiner…….no thanks!

Obarilale
Obarilale

A defender. A wingman.

Wingman;
Helder Costa at Wolves
Surly March at Brighton
Gray at Leicester

No one should say to me these aren’t better players on the wing than Mhiki. How are we not looking at Costa ffs? I don’t understand the scouting these clubs do. This guy will be a world beater soon, and we’ll be one of 4 clubs willing to pay an exorbitant transfer fee, while there 4 or 5 other clubs ready to to top that significantly. Why don’t we go in now and snap him up? It’s very obvious we need dribblers who can pick passes and cause havoc, isn’t Costa all of that?

I’m just tired…

Public Elneny
Public Elneny

I’m not a massive Henrikh fan, but none of those players are better than him, they’d all struggle to make the step up. Costa is a reasonable talent I suppose, but even if he manages to add more final product he’ll only realistically reach Mkhi’s current level. If his transfer fee balloons and a big club signs him up, so be it, he won’t be worth it.

We need to aim for players with much higher potential, even if they’re not currently ready to make a big impact. Play a longer term game.

Wenger’s youth project only failed (in comparison to what came before, not after) because the weak links (Almunia/Denilson/Senderos etc) were so very weak. A little more pragmatism i.e signing experienced leaders along the lines of Arteta/Mertesacker a couple of season earlier, and that could have been an awesome team which may well have stuck together. The squad was 80-90% there.

Ultra talented youth should make up the core of our next squad – that is what Sven Mislintat is good at identifying after all – supplemented by physically capable, experienced leaders (Sokratis fine, Lichsteiner not). Those players you mention are all just squad filler and will entrench us further in the europa league even if they plug a hole in the short term

Ricardo
Ricardo

He’s starting to sound like Arsene.

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

I’ve asked this before. What are the names we could or should look for? Anything in la Liga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1 or Serie A?

MaJ
MaJ

Matthijs de Ligt and David Neres. Both Ajax, Dutch league.

Cannon and Ball and Arse'n'all
Cannon and Ball and Arse'n'all

La Liga: Pablo Fornals (AML/C); Mario Hermoso (CB); Junior Firpo (LB); Pablo Sarabia (AML/R/C); Samuel Chukweze (AML/R); Brais Mendez (AMR)
Bundesliga: Josip Brekalo (AML/C); Thorgan Hazard (AML/R/C); Sebastian Haller (CF); Luca Jovic (CF)
Ligue 1: Houssem Aouar (MC); Nicolas Pepe (FL/R/C); Ferland Mendy (LB); Ismaila Sarr (WF)
Seria A: Cenzig Under (AML); Nicolo Barella (CM/AML/C), Christian Kouame (WF)

All of these are realistic, perhaps with the exceptions of Aouar, Mendy and Jovic, who will go to someone like Barca.

Jack gunner
Jack gunner

Better get defenders with pace. There are plenty around including some raw diamonds.
The defence is a joke of the epl. Time after time it has been ripped to pieces thanks to a hdl and the FM’s refusal to get a defence coach. His condescending attitude of I know best is the repeated failure at the closing stage of epl title fight and his heavy losses to the big 4/5.
Hopefully Emery being more pragmatic and less arrogant can put the defence
in place to fight for the cl place.

santori
santori

Which is what I said.

We need 3 positions – Rwing, CM, Cback.

We will likely get two.

If we sell Ramsey its potentially 40m and we can add on a bit from the kitty.

Maybe we can sell Jenko and Elneny as well but that’s likely not to fetch terribly much even if we find a buyer.

Potentially if we have to spend significant money on our ‘modest budget’ for one, we may bring the other in on loan.

Houssem Aouar (Lyon) looks interesting. Fekir will cost considerably more. Ndombele we should have tried to get last summer.

Pepe is another option from Lille. Good thing is he isn’t cup tied. Pavon may hold out for one of the Big Spanish duopoly. United had some interesting prospects but with Ole football, I don’t think they will be shifted till summer (Bailey, Perreira)

Less convinced with Weigl but being its Dortmund, we may just end up with him.

What is important is Unai now stamp his identity on the transfer process more. I think he has tactically and cleverly left it to Mslintat but he’s in it a half season now and should be better able to assert moral authority.

Mslintat as mentioned has a mixed record at best. Mhkitaryan not necessary when we should have moved for Mahrez. Lichsteiner another band aid at best.

Also the decisions to loan out Chambers and Nelson a bit questionable given our obvious shortfalls.

Unai has had us punching above our weight till now but results despite some claims to being ‘different’ has by and large been about where we were this stage last year under Wenger.

The squad clearly has hit the wall a little with the selection thinned out due to injuries compounded by the festive period schedule.

We need to provide more ammunition (and better ones than Elneny) if we are to harbour ambitions 4th place pot or better.

Prakhar Tripathi
Prakhar Tripathi

Going for older players with no resale value but do provide ready quality could be a good option for us. Quality for little money. And probably a season and half of good football contribution.

Serious long term investment for the summer.

Prakhar Tripathi
Prakhar Tripathi

I really trust Emery’s transfer market acumen. Along with Sven, they both could find us some gems.

Mootilated
Mootilated

But… like… how does signing an out of favour defender from our direct league table rival make us better? I don’t understand.

Comedian
Comedian

As a fan u would always like to see the best of players playing for us or a team who can play like the The Arsenal of old where we were quality all over the pitch. I look at the current squad and can like others point out the players I would not want in the squad and have in the past always pointed out players I might like, to be honest some turned out to be not that great. I think most of us here wanted Seri a couple of years back, he just played yesterday against us for Fulham. Saying that I do trust Sven’s scouting and others around him. Guess he likes identifying hidden gems but might also have a soft heart towards one’s he has already scouted and playing for BVB or other teams. We all know Kronke’s wouldn’t splurge the cash hence Sven becomes more important but its crucial the board spends on talents identified for the first team by the scouting network. Saying that we should also look out for new defensive coach, its my opinion that Bouldy hasn’t been doing a good job maybe I am wrong to blame him but fabians killed and sczcesny pointing out problems with our ex goalkeeping coach and us failing to address it for a long time was apparent with all goalkeepers coming from our academy having the worst of distribution, remember Sczcesny kick never making it outside the halfway line.

Red-Sky
Red-Sky

Chelsea just bought a winger (Pulisic).
Top teams splash the cash immediately when they identify a weakness in their squads.
Note how they already have decent wide players. And if they sell Hazard (you bet with a high sum) they will invest even more.

Heaty
Heaty

Fabregas In, (if) Ramsey Out.

Lewis Williams
Lewis Williams

Did you hear Graham on Arsenal Fan TV discussing the defender he wants brought in to fix our defense is Harry Maguire…. He’s imposing, knows the premier league and is a very good defender. Your thoughts?

TexasGooner6
TexasGooner6

Pulisic to Chelsea for 60 million. That is Ramsey and Welbeck sold last summer. Imagine the amount of sponsorship money he will generate from America? Continued mismanagement of our club.

Sapiman
Sapiman

Recalling Chambers back from loan? He can cover central and right defence. Even played as DM before. Will settle down in the team directly without problem. Spend the money on a striker, can’t just hope for Laca and Auba not to get injured while Nketiah not ready yet. We are still in three competitions. FA Cup and Europa, plus the league.