Mikel Arteta has played down the chances of Arsenal splashing the cash this month.
The Gunners are believed to be looking for recruits in both midfield and defence but the Spaniard doesn’t expect to welcome big-money signings at this point in the season.
Instead, he’s looking for an upturn in the performances from the players he’s inherited from Unai Emery.
“I’m not expecting big things,” he told his pre-Crystal Palace press conference.
“I’m expecting big things from the players I have at the moment, the players that are recovering from injuries.
“That’s the biggest expectations from my side, they’re there.
“If we can find something to help us go through the season in a more balanced way in certain areas, and is helpful, we’ll look at the options.”
Having lost Kieran Tierney until March and with Calum Chambers missing the rest of the season, we are a bit short at the back and as such, Arteta says we’ll be keeping an eye out.
He said: “We always have to be looking because obviously we have some bad injuries for players who are going to be out for a long time. We have to see if we can find options there.”
These comments would suggest that rumours linking us with RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano are probably wide of the mark.