Mikel Arteta, Arsenal’s manager, reveals Edu’s January transfer plans in order to address a growing problem.
With both Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny competing in the Africa Cup of Nations, ARSENAL are short on midfield options.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has admitted that the club is in the market for a midfielder this month because they are “very, very short.”
After the midfielder made it clear that he wanted to leave, Arsenal allowed Ainsley Maitland-Niles to join Roma on loan until the end of the season.
However, with his departure to join Jose Mourinho’s side, Arteta is now down to just two midfielders capable of playing in front of the defense for the next few weeks.
Both Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny have been selected to represent Ghana and Egypt at the Africa Cup of Nations, which begins this weekend.
Granit Xhaka and Albert Sambi Lokonga are the only two senior midfielders who can fit into Arteta’s system.
Charlie Patino and Salah Oulad M’Hand, both young players, will almost certainly be given more chances to shine in the coming weeks.
With the Gunners pushing for a top-four finish, Arteta will want more senior players available to step in.
Whether Maitland-Niles stayed or not, Edu’s plan was always to sign a central midfielder this month, according to the Spaniard.
“Right now, we’re extremely short,” Arteta explained.
“However, this cannot be the sole justification for keeping a player.
“He was very straightforward with me, and I was able to comprehend the situation.”
“We’re going to relocate and look for alternatives because we’re running out of options.”
According to reports, Arsenal’s top priority this month, if not this month, is to sign a striker.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has lost favor, and Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah’s contracts will expire in the coming months.
Dusan Vlahovic of Fiorentina has emerged as the most likely candidate to join the Emirates.
Meanwhile, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Alexander Isak have been mentioned as possible replacements.
When asked about his striker situation at the club, Arteta was tight-lipped.
“We’re in a unique situation because there are three players involved, each with their own set of problems.”
“We have to live with it, and the players who have shown up so far have been extremely dedicated.”