Arteta ‘not expecting big things’ from transfer window

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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.

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C.B.
C.B.

We spent a lot in the summer, this window is largely for topping up where needed.

And anyone we buy will have to get used to the PL and playing with our other players.

Having said that our other players are only just getting used to that, now they have Arteta to guide them.

Archer
Archer

We should recall Joel Campbell.

anonarse
anonarse

Is he still around?

Magic City Gooner
Magic City Gooner

We should buy Higuaín. Maybe he’ll say yes this time.

Right across Sunderland!
Right across Sunderland!

Huntelaar?

BODMAS
BODMAS

We spent alot but still get enough from the players sold. Pepe was bought on installments. Where are the money?

Mac
Mac

He seems determined to get the most out of the hand he’s been dealt, for better or worse. He’s already shown that he doesn’t want to sell Xhaka, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t see big sales this winter – which would be necessary to fund any big transfers after this summer’s overlay and the tight pockets upstairs. Plus it’s the winter, no realistic potential targets are screaming perfect fit. I would have liked to see some defensive reinforcements obviously, and maybe we’ll still get them in some shape or form, but going for more stability with who we have now might not necessarily be such a bad thing either (not sure how much stability we CAN have with half our defense out though…).

Atom
Atom

The winter is such a tough time to find players & given the one we supposedly want (Upamecano) is in the middle of a title fight I don’t see him coming until summer. The squad will likely look very different in September but for now Arteta likely is going to have to make due with the players he has. There’s enough here to think a push for the EL is doable – top 4 is going to require almost no slips from here on out which is unlikely.

Tony Hall
Tony Hall

It would be nice if we could get someone half decent on loan to help Kola out just for the rest of the season

Archer
Archer

Why did we sell monreal ?

Mesut O’Neill
Mesut O’Neill

Because Mystic Meg isn’t employed by Arsenal & we couldn’t predict both LB’s would suffer injuries.

Dave M
Dave M

Some of us certainly warned that might be possible…
That sale didn’t make much sense then, makes less now.

Caligunner
Caligunner

Even though the shoulder injury is a freak injury KT was bought with a history of injury problems throughout his career

DaDude
DaDude

Yeah, but we bought Tierney injured and unable to play at first. Would have been better to keep Nacho and sell him now – or not sell him, given the current situation.
However, it is my belief that Nacho wanted to return to Spain and this was somehow promised to him, maybe under the condition that we get Tierney.

YaGunnersYa
YaGunnersYa

I’m not sure a long term replacement at LB makes sense financially in the context of a situation where our longer term prospects in other areas such as CB appear weaker. A loan option until the end of the season may be more viable.

That said, I have confidence in our youth setup to provide internal solutions under Per, Freddie and Mike’s tutelage. Our academy graduated left-back Tolaji Bola (captain of the U23 team last week), along with Saka, can help cover for Kolasinac until Tierney’s return.

There are other options too: once Bellerin is back fit he could perform Kolasinac’s role but on the right flank, while AMN could switch wings and play as an inverted left back in a symmetrical system to the one we play with now. If push really comes to shove, recall that Xhaka played left back both in our Europa League match against Sporting and the subsequent Premier League match against Crystal Palace. He has probably built a better understanding of that role since then, particularly as Arteta has him occupying the left on the transition if AMN has pushed up centrally and our CBs shift towards the right.

In an ideal world we would have retained Monreal’s services for this season too. Nacho is still a fullback with considerable quality, yet I think the sale made sense when the Tierney deal was finalised, especially given his wage and age profile.

canadrian
canadrian

It could also be that Arteta is saying these things to strengthen our hand in the transfer window. It doesn’t help us to say we are willing to spend all the money..

SB Still
SB Still

While that’s what most of would wish, I wouldn’t be surprised if the only addition this window is Boateng from Bayern. I just hope if that were to happen, it’s only a loan.

Atom
Atom

Aging players Bayern wants to get rid of- think Schweinsteiger or Hargreaves- don’t tend to work out too well. I hope we don’t go anywhere near Boateng

Arsepedant
Arsepedant

Agreed. The reason Bayern want to be shot of his is that he has been, frankly, horrible so far this season.

Arsepedant
Arsepedant

* him, not his

Merlin’s Panini
Merlin’s Panini

I do think the players we have are better than they’ve shown for most of the season and that is evidenced in the upturn in form recently and the better performances. With more understanding of Arteta’s ideas and a higher fitness level these players should be able to push for top 4 in the end. Tricky now but not impossible.
So I’m not expecting any January business.

We used to always be the fittest team in the country. It’s crazy how low energy/knackered the players have looked and that’s going to be the thing that needs a lot of work if the players are to fully get on board with Arteta.
I would have liked Emery to have worked out and thought he was the right man when we hired him but clearly he confused the fuck out of himself and the players, they all lost the motivation and we’re in a much better place now (so far).

Rich
Rich

Smoke + mirrors….
Cloaks + daggers….

Alex
Alex

Miss out on top 4 by 1 point and rue the inaction for a second season running? Couldn’t happen could it?

Fabiano
Fabiano

“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.”

With all due respect to all involved, do we not have an entire department and director of football that should have been looking for these options since it became apparent ages ago that we’d need defensive reinforcements? Yes I know players become available late in the window but surely we should have had a shortlist ready before the 1st of Jan already and should have have made moves to acquire them by now.

Olivije Žirod
Olivije Žirod

Who should we buy then? In most cases the players a club want in the January transfer windows aren’t available. It is better to wait till the summer than to buy someone just for the sake of buying.

Oberon
Oberon

Yes and this should be made public to everyone? So that all our competitors know who we are going for and the clubs and agents can put the prices up. They probably do have said list but getting them is a whole different kettle of fish.

Santori
Santori

Sounds to me not any different then Wenger saying “we will only buy Top Top quality” or when Unai mentioned he wanted to work with the existing players first.

Arsene's Zipper
Arsene's Zipper

“Mikel, show us your hand, we need a piece out asap”

Luã Soares
Luã Soares

I honestly believe we have to say goodbye to an attacker. Auba or Lacquer must leave, because, together in the first team they are not compatible. Auba can’t be a good left winger and Lacazzete is not a busy forward. So by selling one of them, we would bring Ziyech, an offensive foursome would be perfect: Ozil, Pepe, Lac / Auba and Ziyech. And, the most important point, is the reinforcement of the defense. At the moment, I believe Boateng would greatly help with his experience and baggage of numerous titles.

The Spoon
The Spoon

I needed a good chuckle this afternoon and you have provided it. Thank you.

Its me
Its me

Sorry Lua Soares but your pretty incorrect with this I’m afraid. Boateng is passed it and I bet he wouldn’t of even come into your head had you not read it here a few days ago. And to label Lacazzette as “not a busy forward” is just bonkers!

Santori
Santori

Eh… more likely Martinelli will assume Auba’s role. Maybe Nketiah will come in if he kicks on.

Probably not going to add anyone spectacular if we don’t make CL again, in defense likely we will bring relatively untested Saliba in (since we paid so much for him)

Maybe a striker will be brought in but it would have to be a lesser price, Zaha as ever a potential target but if he has lower pricing.

We are a cheap club made worst by recent achievements created by our cheap nature in the first place…

Boateng was a good option for us several seasons ago (when we got Sokratis instead) but he is too old now and we also have Luiz to off load (never mind Mustafi)

Upamecano priced too high. We should not have spent on Luiz, or Saliba last summer, spent less on Pepe and instead worked out a deal for Soyoncu who has been excellent at Leicester.

We are contrart to what many prefer to think, still not buying well enough.

If we truly had some ambition as a club, we should have moved heaven and earth to bring in Campos from Lille as Director of football next to Unai last summer. Alas…

Mekus
Mekus

Laca does his job perfectly and that’s to haggle/harrass opposing defenders while Auba does the finishing off his work. So, though Laca need to rediscover his scoring boot, they are both perfect at what they do best.

Andre Santos' car keys
Andre Santos' car keys

Hakim Ziyech extended his Ajax contract shortly after the close of the summer window.

Santori
Santori

All those people expecting big transfers or somehow imagining things will be radically different…think again.

As expected.

We’ve spent 72m on Pepe and 27m on Saliba committing 20m per yearly transfer window.

Also we have yet to offload on Elneny and Mhkitaryan let alone Mustafi.

Market availability is another issue.

I expect loans will be the bigger possibility. Emre Can as I have mentioned before available and can cover both deep midfield and Cback. Considering we will likely have a bit of a rebuild in the summer and prey to key departures again, it won’t be a bad thing to set in place some alternatives now even if on loan with option to exercise a purchase.

Otherwise, I don’t think Arteta will have as much power as Emery in dictating purchases to Sanlehi who has consolidated around him. Certainly Edu won’t hold much clout.

Unai was too diplomatic and gave Sanlehi too much leeway last summer. Ultimately it came back to bite him with Cback issues being skirted and CM unresolved in terms of depth of capabilities.

Arteta needs to push a little bc if we end up next summer trophiless and out of CL, we will hemorrhage our better players.

Lari
Lari

You’re having a laugh if you still think that Emery was the right man for us.

Santori
Santori

I think we have a realistic target with Emre Can but not sure what Juve will want and there will be other suitors.

He is not utilised enough for whatever reason.

He’s PL experienced, can cover BOTH CM and Cback, and is only 25yrs.

A loan with option to potentially buy would be a good thing for us.

We have Granit and Torreira really in midfield so another experienced player into the mix to keep competition/ alternative will be great. GUendouzi can also play there but also maybe higher up in lieu of Ozil when need be and there is of course also Ceballos.

If we get someone like Can, we also have cover at Cback for Sokratis, Luiz, Holding (who wasn’t terribly convincing last game) and we can let Mustafi go, plus Mavropanos out on loan.

Can may also be able to cover fullback if need be.

Seems a no brainer to me question is on price and resolve on our part.

Are we going to go cheap again?

Sanlehi ‘spent’ 72m on Pepe when he could have engineered lesser deals on Fekir or Ziyech.

Then 27m on a non existent(and relatively untested) Saliba this season.

That left Cbak still an issue and the solution was to extend on an overworked over the hill war horse in Koscielny who thankfully did us a favour but we did not grab it. Instead he went for panic buy Luiz for 7m.

It was a checkered summer transfer at best that ultimately came back to haunt Emery.

Unfortunately too many fans were too easily wowed by the 72m purchase for as yet a sporadic impact player at best.

We need to be working far better in market (Granted Sanlehi has been far more creative than Mslintat)

This is a problem many prefer not to speak of.

Santori
Santori

And for the price we paid for Saliba, may as well see if we can get him in early, maybe send Mavropanos on loan the other way. Might as well find out if he is the real deal BEFORE next summer window. as I understand though, he has received the Arsenal curse early and is out injured still.

Santori
Santori

Mattheiu Debuchy probably owes us a number of performances considering his availability when with us. Maybe we can get him on loan.:D

Cowabunga
Cowabunga

He’s saying if we can get Boateng for a low price, we’ll do the deal and that’s it.

Guns&Gooners
Guns&Gooners

People slamming Pepe and D. Luiz straight after we got a new manager… Pepe is the real deal, people believing otherwise should start watching some games. D.Luiz was terrible under Emery, but so was everybody else. He was rock solid against Chelsea and Manchester United.

Rob Holding has been injured for 9 months, people who think he will go straight back to his prime needs to relax. Give the man time, we have a wonderful manager who will get the best out of him.

Yes, we need reinforcements (mainly a CB and a LB), but reading some of these comments here gives me a headache.

Btw. Dont blame Raul for Monreal. Yes, Monreal has been magnificent for us in the past, but he wanted to go back fo Spain.

Arteta is amazing, the whole team is amazing under Arteta, and I cant wait to watch the next game on Saturday. Im behind this team, and I believe!

COYG!

Right across Sunderland!
Right across Sunderland!

If we’re struggling at FB why not put in a cheeky bid for Doherty at Wolves? He can play RB and LB. No frills FB, but solid and dependable with a decent engine.

So he’d probably cost about 60m in the January market then.

Ah well, it was a nice thought while it lasted…