Unai Emery says Arsenal are doing everything they can to get a couple of transfer deals over the line before Thursday but he admits that he can’t promise new faces at the moment.
The Gunners have been heavily linked with deals for Barcelona’s Denis Suarez, PSG’s Christopher Nkunku and Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic, however, our reluctance to sign players on a permanent basis is making matters complicated.
In his pre-Cardiff press conference, Emery veered away from talking about specific targets – despite having names thrown at him – but did admit new arrivals would be welcomed.
“It’s one thing the club is working on, the possibility with different players,” he said when asked about negotiations for Perisic.
“I don’t know exactly which players, but it’s players with the possibility to help us who can play on the wing, right or left.”
On Suarez, he added: “It’s the same. This transfer is not easy and the message is that the club is working on different players. The possibility, if it can be [done], is good for us.
“I don’t know [if I’m confident] because this transfer window is not easy. I know the club is doing all they can to achieve one player to help us.”
Given our defensive record this season and the injuries sustained by Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding, Sokratis and Laurent Koscielny, you might have expected our focus to be on signing defensive reinforcements.
Emery made clear that when it comes to adding defenders, the club needs to make absolutely sure they are getting the right player.
“It’s not easy because I don’t want to come here, sign and player and it’s not very clear if he can help us be better than the players we already have in the squad.
“It’s a difficulties and [there are] other things, but this is one example where we can only bring players that we are very convinced will be able to help us with a good performance.
He went on: “We have enough players who can play centre back in the squad. The problem is we’re having a lot of injuries in this position. We have enough players. If we can bring another player, and all the other players we have are well to play, then we could maybe have a problem in the future.”