Mikel Arteta says he’s pleased with the transfer business the club have done in January, having pulled off late loan deals to add Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares to the squad.
Unlike last season, we’ve added a couple of defenders at a key point in the campaign, and both will add depth as we try and finish as high in the league as we can while maintaining our interest in the FA Cup and the Europa League.
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s clash with Burnley, the Arsenal manager sounded content that some additions had been made.
“We’ve been trying to be active in the market to resolve some of the issues we’ve been going through in the last few weeks,” he said.
“We found two players that we believe can be very useful and improve our squad, obviously with the resources we had as a club.
“I am happy for two reasons. We believed that we couldn’t strengthen the team a little bit in some areas with the financial situation that we have, but as well, four weeks ago I was very concerned with some of the departures and we’ve been able to manage that so far.”
Arteta spoke about what he expects from the experienced Soares, and also outlined his reasons for bringing Mari.
“For me, it’s very important,” he said.
“He balances what I want to do from the back line, he gives more options, more solutions, he opens up the pitch more.
“Again, he’s a player that we’ve been following for the last few months. We are really happy to have him.”