Arsenal face Nottingham Forest on Sunday in the FA Cup, with Mikel Arteta admitting his squad is ‘really short’ on numbers as they await clarity on a number of players before the trip to the City Ground.
The Arsenal boss also made public his desire to add some players to the squad in the upcoming window in order to boost the team as we continue to compete on three fronts.
“We are very, very short at the moment,” said Arteta in relation to the imminent departure of Ainsley Maitland-Niles to Roma.
“Obviously we are going to move, and we are going to look for options because we are very short there.”
Asked about the striking position in particular, with Flo Balogun about to go to Boro on loan and question marks over Lacazette and Nketiah (6 months left on contracts) and Aubameyang (naughty step), Arteta conitnued, “We have a very special situation in that position, because you are talking about three players with different issues at the moment.
“We have to live with that and so far the players that are here are fully committed. With Flo, we will see in the next week or so what is the final decision with that.”
The Arsenal boss would not be drawn on links to Real Sociedad’s Alexander Isak, and reports today say that the Gunners are ‘pushing’ for Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic, with Lucas Torreira a potential makeweight in that deal.
Let’s see what happens, but Arteta has made it clear, publicly, he wants reinforcements this month. Over to you, Edu.