Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta insists that the Gunners are still open to adding to their squad in the final week of the January transfer window. Arsenal have been linked with several defenders during the month, but have as yet not been able to bolster the team with additions.
Speaking in his pre-Bournemouth press conference, Arteta hinted that defence was a position the club are currently looking at, among others, “We’ve been looking at different positions, since I joined we lost Calum and we had circumstances and injuries in those positions, so it’s true that at the back we have been short.
“But there are other positions depending on what happens in the market that we might need to assess.” The boss refused to be drawn on links to Shakhtar centre-half Mykola Matviyenko, which have surfaced this week.
“I’m not going to be discussing any transfer links publicly, that’s something we’re trying to do internally and when we have news we will communicate with you,” he said. When pressed on his levels of optimism for the window, Arteta remained cautious.
“At the moment I am 50/50 because this window is complicated, I only want to bring someone in if I am really convinced he can improve the level that we have.” Arsenal have seven days left of the January window if they want to bring in reinforcements. Let’s see what the next few days brings…