Arsenal head coach, Mikel Arteta, has indicated that the club’s main priority in the January transfer window will be to reduce the number of players in different positions before considering the possibility of bringing in other players.
Arsenal were able to offload players such as goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, who has now kept more clean sheets than any other goalkeeper in the Premier League this season, and attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan while Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira were sent out on loan in the summer.
But the likes of Mesut Ozil and Mustafi who have been deemed surplus to requirement are still at the club with the former yet to feature in a single game after being excluded from the club’s Premier League and Europa League squad.
And according to Mikel Arteta, more offloading will have to be done to reduce the overload in some positions.
We have a large squad and we knew that. A lot of things that should have happened in the summer, we could not accomplish for different reasons, Arteta said ahead of his side’s trip to West Brom in the Premier League on Saturday.AdvertisementAdvertisement
There are some players who will go on loan or leave and that is the priority at the moment.
We cannot sustain the numbers that we have in certain positions and we are looking to do that, and then we will see if we have the right opportunity in the positions where we need some more help.Advertisement
With Sead Kolasinac having departed the club to Schalke 04, William Saliba, who has yet to appear for the first team, may also depart on loan.
The Gunners are in a good position going into the transfer window after defeating Chelsea by 2-1 in the London derby before emerging victorious against Brighton and Hove Albion.