Mikel Arteta has admitted that Arsenal are exploring the possibility of doing some transfer business when the mid-season window opens next month.
The Gunners go into today’s game against Norwich in the top four, and will be looking to consolidate that at Carrow Road.
With four players off to AFCON after this game, as well as the ongoing Covid situation, and a ‘cloud’ hanging over a number of the club’s strikers, boosting the squad via the market would be very useful – assuming we could find the right player.
Asked about possible plans in the build up to the Norwich game, Arteta said, “If you can tweak what you need to in that period, which is not easy, it would be really helpful.
“We are working on that to see the necessities we can have, and whether we can find the right solutions to that.”
Last January, the Gunners pulled off a very smart piece of business, signing Martin Odegaard on loan from Real Madrid, and the Norwegian impressed sufficiently for that deal to be made permanent.
However, the alreadt complicated nature of the January window, plus the spread of Covid which might make clubs reluctant to let players go so they can maintain deep squads to cope with any outbreaks, will make the market even more difficult than usual.
Let’s see what happens.