Arteta promises “more resources and more players” to cope with New Year fixture congestion

It was hard enough for Arsenal to cope with the demands of the Europa League in the early part of the season with quite a small squad, and to still maintain the consistency to remain at the pinnacle of the Premier League, but Mikel Arteta knows that it is only going to get even worse once we get back into action against West Ham on Boxing Day.

And although the transfer window is approaching quickly, Arsenal still have quite a few injury problems so our ultra thin squad will have to dig deeply from tomorrow. In fact from tomorrow, we have four games in just 14 days, so Arteta will have to try and rotate straight away and try and keep the squad fresh before he can bring in reinforecments and get them integrated into his squad.

But the boss has made it clear that there will definitely be “more resources and more players” coming in, which will be sorely needed if we are going to negotiate the minefield ahead. “That is something we are obviously very aware of,” Arteta told SkySports.

“Obviously the type of the game we have to play in Europe has allowed us to make a lot of changes and have a fresher squad for the weekend, and then we have repeated the starting XI a lot.

“In the second half of the season, I don’t think that is going to be the same type of numbers. We are going to be playing every three days. The congestion and the amount of games we have to play is going to be incredible. We are going to have to have more resources and more players to be able to do that.”

“I think in the long run you are going to be where you deserve to be — and we have the confidence we are on the right path,”

“But as well we have the red lights and alarms, because what is coming in the second half of the season is something unprecedented — and we need to be ready for it.”

The important thing for Arsenal fans here is that we now know that Arteta and Edu obviously have a clear plan to cope with the rigours ahead, and it is looking like we are going to need a lot more than one or two players coming in this January.

But the Boss has also made it clear that he will only buy the right type of player that fits Arsenal’s philosophy, which makes itt even more difficult.

The biggest problem is that there are not so many choices in January as there is in the summer, so there will have to be compromises like loans, etc.

But I have faith that Arteta will do his very best to find solutions to the “unprecedented” season ahead. Do you?

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  1. It should be common knowledge by now, that had we put a few more quid on the £40,mil reported and sign Luiz Suarez in 2013, we would have won the 2013/2024 league.

    With our eyes firmly on the prize never again again should we be caught with our pants down, a minimum of three incoming signing should be the target, whether it’s in a loan form, swap in the form of two for one or straight cash, we must act and act decisively in this winter’s market.

    It’s a very long and rocky road ahead, we need these signing to strengthen the squad depth once and for all.

    1. 3 will be only possible if a cheap option comes around. 2 is more reasonable – a forward option and a midfield option. Felix seems good only if he comes on loan, cannot take a punt on him midseason. Mudryk is only good deal if below or around 40m. With ESR back, I hope we can cover for Jesus with one addition.
      One of Bennacer/Edson Alvarez/Neves would be good addition, Sabitzer might be worth a look since Laimar will join Bayern. Kudus will be worth a punt if on the market too, was following him before WC

      1. Kudus looked impressive in YouTube highlights, but could he play CF or false nine consistently?

        I still think we’ll only rely on Nketiah and Smith-Rowe until Jesus fully recovers

      2. @funkrith he will be back, one report published on the 16th by Football London stated a war chest up to £105 mil.
        Even a shoe string budget should be able to afford:
        Joe Felix / Loan
        Danilo
        Mudryk

    2. Wrong!Wenger and Arsenal were told that Suarez had a release clause of 40M.in order to to be able to start negotiating we made that bid.the thing is that it was a lie,he didn’t have a release clause.bSuarez wanted to come to Arsenal but Gerrard convinced him to stay for another season and told him that he would get his dream move to Barca(this was confirmed by both players). anyway Liverpool were never going to sell him to us or any PL rivals.

      1. Siamois we didn’t showed any aggression, Wenger was acting stingy as usual, a firm bid of sa £50 mil would have tested Liverpool resolves.
        Luiz Suarez was desperate at the time to join Arsenal he told friends back then when he returned to the premier league he will be an Arsenal player.
        Thought something in his contract stated at the time anything over £40,mil that comes in from a potential buyer Liverpool should listen, that doesn’t necessarily mean they had to sell for £40 mil but a £50 mil bold bid would make things a whole lot different.

        But Wenger hunger was gone by then and we were ridicule by the offer he made, even Luiz Suarez was disappointed
        Somthing just tells me if Osimhen or Vlohovic should be offered to Arsenal tomorrow, an urgent meeting would be arranged at the Rams or anywhere for that matter to hammer out a deal, such is the state of hunger am seing in our present gaffer

    3. We put the £40 million plus one to activate Suarez’s release clause, but Liverpool wriggled out of their legal obligation to sell with John W Henry saying “what do you think they’re smoking over there?”.

      1. Jax, yes I understand that to be so at the time, but rationally thinking tell me, didn’t you think if Arsenal ignore that £40 mil and bid £10 mil above that forty million , say £50 mil, that wouldn’t have made a difference ?

        That would tell the player in particular Arsenal is serious, Pool would have take note and respond in a different manner.
        Henry would have noticed we are neither joking or smirking.

        Wenger must take credit for seing there was a lot more to come from the South American, he saw the fighting mentality that Arsenal clearly lack at the time,

        The legendary Frenchman though smart and humble just lack that little hunger to pursue this deal which would have propelled Arsenal right back in the big times

    4. Absolutely correct, arsenal need at least three players Viz striker, winger and a Central midfielder.

  2. Looks like he’s got the backing of the owners to spend in Jan needs at least 3 top quality players whether he can get that in a difficult transfer window re.ains to be seen!

  3. I think if Arsenal sign 1 – 3 new foreign based players on straight contract deal. Or on loan next January window. The issue is that the home quota matter at the club will lead to seeing 3 other foreign based players at the club sold or loaned our to make rooms for the 3 newly signed.
    But looking at the current plates in the squad. I don’t know which first teamer players who Arsenal may loan.out or sell next Jan. But onus is looking to have Lokonga loaned out to make room for the new signed cdmf. E.g. Danilo at Palmeiras. But Arsenal will sign him next Jan.
    And if Arsenal sign Mudryk, which of their swnio teamers would they sell oe loan out?honestly I can’t name one Arsenal’s forward that should be sold or loaned out. The one other Gunner who I can name is Cedric. But he-s a defender. But the Arsenal RB is overloaded with 3 players manning the position.
    So, the issue will become clearer on respect of which new players Arsenal should shin next Jan after our home West Ham game.

  4. I think if Arsenal sign 1 – 3 new foreign based players on straight contract deal. Or on loan next January window. The issue is that the home quota matter at the club will lead to seeing 3 other foreign based players at the club sold or loaned our to make rooms for the 3 newly signed.
    But looking at the current players in the squad. I don’t know which first teamer players who Arsenal may loan.out or sell next Jan. But the onus is looking to have Lokonga possibly loaned out to make room for the new signed cdmf. E.g. Danilo at Palmeiras. But if Arsenal will sign him next Jan.
    And if Arsenal sign Mudryk, which of their senior teamers would they sell or loan out? honestly I can’t name one Arsenal’s forward that should be sold or loaned out. The one other Gunner who I can name is Cedric. But he’s a defender. But the Arsenal RB is overloaded with 3 players manning the position instead of 2.
    So, the issue will become clearer in respect of which new players Arsenal should sign next Jan after our home West Ham game and the subsequent ones that followed before the next Jan window opens.

  5. I think 3 signings is doable if we do something like:

    -Felix: £8M loan+full wages
    -Mudryk: £40M
    -Danilo: £21M
    -N’dicka Free Transfer(pre contract agreement)
    Or
    -Ben Brerenton Diaz: £10M
    -Ferran Torres: £26M
    -Amrabat: £35M
    -N’dicka Free Transfer(pre contract agreement)

    That is around £70M expenditure which I think is reasonable amount for Arteta to be allowed to spend without compromising the financial situation of the club.

  6. The team does need some reinforcements and Arteta knows that. I’m pretty sure Edu had been working wonders behind the scene as usual. But that is January. We have 4 games to play before that. In 14 days. If the current players does well, then the desperation in the winter window will become somewhat unnecessary. I don’t think Arteta wants to work with a bloated squad next season.

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