Mikel Arteta says that Arsenal are trying to bring some new players in before the end of the transfer window, but says a complicated market means he’s unsure if anything will be completed.
The Gunners have been linked with Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic, as well as midfielders, however it seems the difficulties of the January window mean nothing is close right now.
Speaking after the disappointing 0-0 draw with Burnley, which really highlighted the need for reinforcements, the Arsenal boss was quizzed about potential new arrivals.
“Well, we are certainly trying,” he said, “but I don’t know if we’re going to be able to do it.
“Let’s see, it’s not only our intention, but a lot of facts that are needed to happen.
“It’s what we planned, but the market is difficult, it’s complicated. We knew that, but it’s a lot to manage and we have to make the right decisions with players that we believe are going to really help us and try to bring in ones that can take us to the next level.”
It sounds as if they’re not willing to compromise in this window, unwilling to spend money on a player unless he’s exactly what they’re looking for, and that does make sense.
However, having gone through January scoring just a single goal and without winning a game, the manager and those above him have to find some kind of solution to improve matters.
The team will head for Dubai for some warm weather training, so let’s hope Edu can make something happen before next Monday.