Arsenal are “ready” to make two signings in January if the right players are available, according to reports. Mikel Arteta is claimed to want both a central midfielder and a winger if possible.
Arsenal made five signings in the summer transfer window. However, they did not make any in the final five weeks after Oleksandr Zinchenko’s arrival in July.
Arteta was in the market for a winger following Nicolas Pepe’s loan departure to Nice. Wolves star Pedro Neto was their top target but the asking price was too high for the Gunners.
Injuries to Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny then saw Arsenal make a late move for Aston Villa star Douglas Luiz. Villa rejected three offers on deadline day and the Brazilian has since signed a new contract.
But transfer expert Fabrizio Romano says Arsenal are still willing to make additions in the winter window. Leicester star Youri Tielemans has been linked with a move to the Emirates since January this year and Romano reckons the Belgian would fit the bill.
He wrote in his Caught Offside column: “Arsenal have always been optimistic for this season, but not expecting to be top of the league and four points clear in October. They will keep going step by step, game by game with the aim to improve the whole project with new contracts, new players in the future and more.
“They will be ready in case there will be good opportunities; midfielder and winger were two possibilities considered in the summer and still in the potential plans, but it depends on the players. I think Arsenal need at least one more midfielder to help Arteta’s rotation, I’d have loved to see Youri Tielemans there.”
Arsenal have exceeded all expectations with their best-ever start in a top-flight campaign. They have won nine of their opening 10 Premier League matches and are four points clear of second-placed Manchester City.
However, Arteta admitted in August that he still wanted to add more “firepower” to his squad. He made the claim following the 3-0 win at Bournemouth, which made it three wins from three this term.
The Spaniard said: “We don’t like reacting obviously, we want to get the players that we believe will make a big impact in the team. If we can do that, we will try to do that. If we cannot, we will stay with the players we have.
“No it doesn’t change, but we know as well where we are short, where we have to add more firepower. And if we can do it, we will do it.”