Mikel Arteta confirms that Arsenal will have a busy January window

The Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta revealed last month that him and Edu had got their plans for the Arsenal transfer window in place, and now here we are in the first day of the window and Sead Kolasinac has already left to join his old club Schalke in Germany.

Now the Spaniard has made it very clear that there will be many more departures, and then they will be looking at their incoming targets, despite the losses incurred by the global pandemic.

‘Well, we have a large squad. We knew that,’ said Arteta in the Metro. ‘A lot of things that should have happened in the summer we could not accomplish them for different reasons. There are a lot of players that are going to go on loan. They are going to leave.

‘That’s the priority at the moment because we cannot sustain the numbers that we have in certain positions. We are looking to do that. And then we will see if we have the right opportunities in the positions that we need some more help. We are working with the club to try to address them.’

He also made it clear that there are financial constraints still in place, as once again supporters are not allowed in to watch the games live. ‘Obviously financially, it’s not only us, it’s every club in the Premier League that have been in hit with big numbers,’ Arteta continued. ‘We know that this is not going to change in the last year or so. That we are gonna have to add somehow if we’re going to improve the team in different ways financially with some support.

‘We will decide whether this is with loans or buying players in relation to the opportunities we will have in the market.’

Obviously there is a long way until the window closes, but it is also very clear that the Boss is expecting quite a lot of movemens in-and-out of the club.

Surely there must be one attacking midfielder come in if Arteta is going to continue Arsenal’s revival?

Fingers crossed!

22 Comments

  1. Danny says:

    Clear out Ozil,Luiz,William,Mustafi,Socraties,Chambers, Pepe all these should be surplus to requirements offer Arsenal nothing get shot of them!!

    1. jon fox says:

      Danny, Why stop there? Add to that list Xhaka , Bellerin , Elneny too! And Nketiah atleat sent onloan, with Balogun in the team.

      1. Defund The Media says:

        “On our clubs chances of top four, it is far less than even one per cent”

        Still waiting for an explanation of your mathematical formula as to how you came to this conclusion jon, since you want to “guide” HH to not be a fantasist.

        1. Innit says:

          You guys play too much Football Manager. When has any Premier League gotten rid of that many players (10) and gained replacements in a January transfer window.

          It’s ridiculous to do that or even think about doing that

          1. Yossarian says:

            Yeah, innit, totally right.

  2. gotanidea says:

    – Kolasinac joins Schalke after taking 50% paycut
    – Ozil will stay till the end of this season
    – Chambers, Saliba and Mustafi could also stay
    – Sokratis would likely leave

    So we’d likely have two slots for two non-homegrown players. I bet one slot is for Saliba and the other one is for a new loanee

    1. GunnerDev says:

      With kola gone we will have one free space. Sokratis has not been registered so will not make a difference to squad space, other than his wages gone

      1. gotanidea says:

        Yeah we currently have one slot available, but I hope it wouldn’t be for Isco

    2. John Ibrahim says:

      The rest will stay and leave on a free transfer in the summer

  3. Grandad says:

    I think this transfer window will be restricted to outgoings as Management aim to pave the way towards a significant reduction in our wage bill in the Summer.Perhaps another midfielder will be brought in on loan, but other than that, I cannot see us spending much at all.

  4. Lord Denning says:

    Would you return to arsenal? ‘if I’m needed,I will help them.’ Arsene Wenger in the recent interview with goal.May that what we need I can’t imagine Arteta knows. Football than Wenger the little man has no football style so far,he’s confused and I would welcome Wenger for a short term this club just needs a positive atmosphere the players we have can perform better. Buying players for the sake of buying and wasting money won’t win you games.

  5. Declan says:

    A busy window of outgoings, but no incomings, in my opinion.

  6. S.J says:

    Sokratis, Ozil, Mustafi, Luiz, Elneny, Xhaka.

    I will love to see these 6 players leave this window and in the summer.

    We need one attacking midfielder and one central midfielder to make our team complete.

  7. Innit says:

    Yes we will be very busy washing the Window. It’s filthy

  8. Reggie says:

    We have a very bloated squad to move on but the biggest bloat of all will be the hardest to move. If we could it would open all doors for us.

  9. Glorious says:

    Arsenal will be busy doing nothing to the surplus players. Ozil will leave at the end of his contract.

  10. Joe. S says:

    Trouble is nobody wants to spend cash in this climate and our driftwood contingent do not represent value for money. Inevitably Arsenal will have to deal with players by taking a loss. Like any bad investment you lose money but at least it will allow to sleep at night and move on. Also why stop with the usual suspects. Isn’t it time Eleny and Xhaka were also moved on as Mr Fox pointed out?

  11. Weger91 says:

    Please no more “loan” players! Try to build a solid thing and get the right ones.

  12. gunnerforlife says:

    With Kola gone there is no proper backup LB for Tierney. AMN can play there but he is not a pure LB. Secondly we desperately need a CAM and for that to happen probably a loan offer is the best option. I believe what the hierarchy will do is move on 2-3 players and bring in a CAM.

  13. Vinod says:

    CF – Laca/Auba/Balogun?/Martinelli
    LW- Martinelli/Auba/Willian/Saka
    CAM – ESR/Willian/Ceballos/Ozil?
    RW – Saka/Pepe/Willian
    LDM – Partey/Xhakha/Willock/AMN
    RDM – Partey/Elneny/Ceballos/AMN
    LB – Tierney/Mari/AMN/Saka
    LCB – Gabriel/Mari/Luiz
    RCB – Holding/Mustafi/Chambers?
    RB – Bellerin/AMN/Cedric
    GK – Leno/Runnarson/Macey

    This is still a 25 + 3 squad. The highest priority might be to get a GK and a CAM.

    Players who can be moved:
    Nketiah – Loan to Championship
    Nelson – Loan England or Germany
    Saliba – Loan back to France?
    Socratis – Contract termination

    A loan move for Isco might be the one that will happen.

  14. RW1 says:

    some players are just not good enough to move on given their absurd wages … ozil is the least of the problems here as some decent clubs would take him if he took a pay cut whereas for too many the opportunity cost is playing for less at barnsley … so loaning out willock nelson nketiah is probably the best we can hope for to free up space … perhaps saliba and pepe (100m spent on 2 players we cant or wont use sums up the hapless state of management for me i dont think lpools front 3 cost any more than this) … we could probably sell one of laca or aube and possibly bellerin but dont think that will happen … bringing in isco would be an improvement if we cant find a more permanent solution to our shocking lack of creativity … but a top 6 position looks difficult with this squad even assuming an improvement in consistency over second half of season and the sidelining of xhaka and elneny which is essential to make progress

  15. gunnerforlife says:

    MA has said the Ozil situation depends on what business is done in the transfer market. Does he still have the notion of bringing back Ozil in the team, I wonder. Maybe one last attempt at clearing the air from both sides.

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