Mikel Arteta says there are a number of factors he and technical director Edu will take into consideration before committing to a January signing.
The transfer window opens for English clubs tomorrow and Arsenal are tipped to add to their midfield options assuming a couple of non-homegrown players can be moved on.
The Gunners have already confirmed that left-back Sead Kolasinac will spend the second half of the season on loan at Schalke – a move that frees a place in the Europa League squad for Gabriel Martinelli – and the boss is hoping for more quick business knowing mid-season signings need time to adapt to their new surroundings.
That said, he won’t commit funds unless a target ticks enough boxes.
“For all managers, the quicker you do the business the better because it buys you time,” said Arteta ahead of Saturday’s game with West Brom.
“Every player is going to need time to adapt. It’s about the qualities this player is bringing; what is the past of the player, has he been in a different country, has he played in the Premier League, does he speak the language, does he get familiar to certain styles of play?
“There are a lot of conditions, in my opinion, that can affect whether a player can straightaway have an impact or not in a team.
“For me, they are really key things to consider before making any steps to bring in anybody in January.”
It remains to be seen who Arsenal move for this month although Real Madrid’s Spain international Isco is thought to be an option.