Arsenal know their stance in the January market and will move to make additions.
Staring down the barrel of a relegation battle, a combination of failing players and an unwillingness to offer chances to the youngsters has prompted Arsenal to seek aid from afar in January.
A deteriorating group of senior squad members and soon-to-be departees are providing Mikel Arteta with the same wretched performances every week, although the Spaniard’s insistence on allowing them to is equally inexcusable.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, a creative midfielder is the number one priority for the January window, although such an addition is one small piece of a jigsaw puzzle that’s only just been unboxed. Regardless of how this season was to pan out, additions were imperative.
Securing a player of that profile is made increasingly tougher by the Gunners’ faltering form, as the mere mention of the word relegation would strike fear into any player looking to make the move to the Premier League. You wouldn’t blame anyone for opting for a bidding rival in the current climate.
However, as per the Daily Mail, the money will be there to make sign players capable of halting the slide down the table. There is no mention of a figure, so we can only hope it’s adequate enough. However, the owners’ financial backing is ‘unequivocal’.
So, it appears, that even though the money isn’t an issue, Arsenal once again manage to shoot themselves in the foot. Abysmal form – seven Premier League matches without victory – would put off even the most willing player across Europe.
Dominik Szoboszlai has already opted elsewhere, while the likes of Juventus, Real Madrid and Manchester City are all tracking Houssem Aouar ahead of a move either in January or the summer. With those options vying for his signature, Arsenal might as well end their pursuit here and now.
Pulling off a superb deal for Gabriel Magalhaes in the previous transfer window was largely in part to the convincing tones of both Edu Gaspar and Arteta, while Thomas Partey had his heart set on a move to Arsenal as soon as the release clause was met.
That pulling power has waned dramatically, with Arteta seemingly just a few poor results away from being in an untenable position. He’s received public backing, but there does come a point where the club’s hands are tied.