Arsenal can end the season successfully without signing new players


New players would be welcomed at Arsenal but it is not a disaster if none are signed this month.

This transfer window is one of the most important in Arsenal’s recent history as they stand on the verge of missing out on European qualification.

Mikel Arteta has shown in his last two games that he can bring the desired change and make the Gunners competitive again, but he could do with one or two new players.

Early feelers are that Arsenal may not be making any signings this month because of the significant outlay they did over the summer.

Not buying new players may not be a good idea, but it is not the end of the world, here is how I think Arsenal can successfully navigate this season with no new signings.

Firstly, I believe we should set a realistic target for ourselves. At the moment it seems we want it all, we want to end the season inside the top four, we want to win the Europa League and I presume would want to win the FA Cup too.

These goals are achievable, Manchester City showed last season that winning the domestic treble can be done, but City have a big squad.

I believe we have to choose finishing inside the top four as a priority over other competitions because getting back into Europe’s top competition is the ultimate goal for us at the moment.

I also believe that Mikel Arteta has to get personalized programs for all his players and be prepared to give his star men rests. Longer recovery time would keep our players fresh for important games and I want very much to see that.

I hope we sign one or two players this month, but if that doesn’t happen, we have to manage our resources well enough.

An article from Ime


  1. ozziegunner says:

    The strategy regarding the players required to be bought or sold and when to recruit either in the January window or at the end of the season, should be a matter for Arteta, as Head Coach, with the support of the owner and Board.
    It is unreasonable for a Head Coach to have no input in such decisions, and to be expected to only coach the players provided to him.
    The spotlight has to be on Raul Sanheili, Edu and the scouting and recruitment team to identify potential prospects, put them before Arteta, negotiate contracts and recruit them if required. Their recent performance, apart from Martinelli, has been underwhelming.

    1. DANDY GUNNER says:

      This is the Honeymonon period for Arteta.
      We have won 1 game that all.
      Arsenal need to address the defence in this window.If they don’t we will finish mid table. Big Game tonight FA Cup can’t wait.

      1. ozziegunner says:

        Dandy, I agree; I don’t want to see Arteta face the same issue Emery faced of not getting the players he wanted. Given the expectations of some fans, it can all go south very quickly.
        Strengthening the defense and midfield should be the priorities.

  2. Atid says:

    City do not have a big squad, what they have is a quality squad that has cost a fortune.

    Arsenal have an expensive squad that lacks quality

  3. Gunnerphilic says:

    Great article. Very reasonable points made. Buying new doesn’t always work. Why buy when you can get great results with you hat you have?

    Some find it inconceivable to even consider that we have enough quality in the squad as it is and that we can achieve our goalsat the end of the season with what we have.

    Arteta is out to prove that we are not as bad as some would think we are.

  4. arsenal should sign players in the january transfer window mostly the defenders in order for them to move back to the top four and they must not allow aubameyang and xhaka to leave.

  5. The Pl should definitely be a priority over other competitions. The leading players should get enough rest and recovery time for the PL matches. The back up players can show they are ready by playing well in the FA cup and EUL games. Our current squad is definitely good but additions are welcome if they come.

  6. Francis says:

    New players are definitely required…On seeing the way that Arsenal play we are likely to get an injury pile up at the end of the season

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