Arsenal Transfer News: There has been a lot of speculation about which players Arsenal will be signing in January over the last month. Mikel Arteta has replied to these speculations in a recent interview for the club’s website.
The Arsenal manager talked about a lot of topics including what he wants to do in the January transfer window. He also claimed that the best players still want to come to the North London club.
What are Mikel Arteta’s plans for January?
The Arsenal manager talked about his priorities in the month of January. The Spaniard said that his first and foremost objective is to make sure that the players are fit and healthy.
Mikel Arteta then talked about the transfer window. He said that the club is continuously monitoring the needs of the manager. The Spaniard added that the club will proceed with a strategy in the transfer market.
Arteta had earlier said that he would be adding players in his midfield. The Gunners are lacking players in the midfield after Elneny and Partey left to play in the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Arsenal manager agreed that the transfer market is complicated at the moment. He added that most players don’t generally want to leave their existing clubs midseason. But Arteta did assure that the club management will do its best in order to get the best signings.
The Spaniard was also asked about Dusan Vlahovic and other potential transfer targets. But the Arsenal manager decided to maintain his silence on potential arrivals and departures.
Arsenal Transfer News: Do big players still want to sign for Arsenal?
Mikel Arteta was questioned in the interview whether big players still want to join the club. There was recent news that Dusan Vlahovic does not want to join the North London side as they haven’t played in the Champions League since 2016/17.
To this, the Spaniard replied that Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs historically. Hence the English side has always targeted big players from around the world.
Mikel Arteta concluded saying “Anytime I have spoken to any player, they were so willing to come. I haven’t faced any other situation and that’s one of our biggest powers. Our capacity to get attention is something that is a big advantage for us.”
What did Arteta say about Edward Nketiah’s future?
The Arsenal manager was questioned about Nketiah’s future with the Gunners. The forward is out of contract in the summer. Owing to this, there was news that Edward Nketiah was leaving in January.
But Mikel Arteta has denied such claims. The Arsenal manager said that Nketiah is our player and is under contract. Hence he is going to stay with the club.