Mikel Arteta has confirmed he has a meeting in the diary to discuss the January transfer window with the Arsenal hierarchy.
The Spaniard has only been the Gunners head coach for a couple of days but with the 10 days until business can be done, it’s clear that he needs to get up to speed with potential incomings and outgoings.
Several reports in the German media claim that Hertha Berlin are on the verge of a deal for Granit Xhaka, which if it happens, would mean we need reinforcements in midfield. There remain question marks over the future of Mesut Ozil – Fenerbahce are said to be interested – and we’re short at left-back with both Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac out injured.
Asked about the club’s plans for January in his pre-Bournemouth press conference, Arteta said: “We had many other conversations, there is so much going on in the last 48 hours.
“We have a meeting in place very soon, we have some ideas, but we have to pull them together.”
In the short-term, Arteta’s aims are to get his ideas and philosophy across to players and staff alike. With games coming so quickly over the festive period, that’s easier said than done, but he’s happy so far with the way his messages are being received.
Reflecting on the attitude of those who played against Everton, he said: “We are much more committed, we have a different kind of aggression every time we lose the ball.
“I think the body language was much, much better than in the past few games. I think they played with more passion in this game.
“Obviously there were things to improve but those things have to be non-negotiable. Those things have to be on the table in every game, every training session and the way we’re going to live together.”
He added: “It’s an incredible opportunity [to be back at Arsenal.
“There is so much work to do, and I just try to embrace everybody here at the training ground and explain what my idea is, what I want to try to do and I need them all on board.
“Everything we have been doing in the last few days, all the talks and meetings, is to get people to jump on board with the right energy, the right idea and we need them.
“We need them to help the players and transmit what we want to do. So far I’m very happy with what I’ve seen on that.