Big signings? I trust my squad

Arsenal boss Arteta says January transfer swoops are unlikely

Thursday, 2nd December 2021 — By Steve Barnett

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MIKEL Arteta has warned Arsenal fans not to expect the club to do much business in the January transfer window, insisting that he “trusts” the players that he already has at his disposal.

In timely fashion the rumour mill is picking up pace, but the majority of the headlines seem to be more focused on which players could be heading for the Emirates exit.

Arteta has already ruled out Alexandre Lacazette being allowed to leave, although it looks increasingly likely that the French forward will be off in the summer when his current contract runs out.

Nicolas Pepe, who is struggling for game time this season, is another name linked with a departure, despite Arteta being forced to deny that he wants to offload the £72million winger.

“I trust in the players that we have and try to make them as good as possible and try to make them improve the team and try to be more and more consistent,” said Arteta, when quizzed on the upcoming transfer window. “If we play better we’ll get better results, that’s it.”

Arteta did, however, say that the club “will be prepared” if the right player becomes available.

“We have talks every week about it, how we can improve the team, and what things can happen in the January transfer window that can affect our squad,” added the Gunners’ boss.

“We have certain players with a little bit of uncertainty in the summer, so we have to plan what’s going to happen now and what’s going to happen in the summer.

“A lot has to be done.

“We don’t expect big things to be happening, but we need to be very alert in the market to see if we can improve the team.

“Things can happen and injuries can arise in this period of the season and you have to be prepared and planned.”

Meanwhile, as he prepares his charges for tonight’s (Thursday) Premier League match away to Manchester United, Arteta has backed goal-shy striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Aubameyang has failed to find the back of the net in the past four matches, and missed an open goal in Saturday’s 2-0 win against Newcastle. “The form of Auba is always going to be related to the goals that he scores,” said Arteta.

“He does many other things apart from scoring goals but, obviously, we need that contribution because goals are critical for our success.

“That’s been shown in the last few years when we’ve been able to do that, and that has to be his aim, to continue to do all the things that he’s doing and then, in the right moments, put the ball in the net.”

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