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Mikel Arteta’s comment on possible January transfer business may annoy Arsenal fans

Mikel Arteta has responded to speculations linking players to Arsenal this month

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Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has acknowledged the likelihood that Arsenal may refrain from making any new signings during the January transfer window. 

This revelation comes as the team prepares to face title rivals Liverpool in the FA Cup on Sunday.

Despite previously expressing the need for reinforcements to support the club’s title aspirations, Arteta hinted at the potential for a quiet transfer window. 

Arsenal have been struggling with injuries in crucial positions, particularly with Oleksandr Zinchenko being the only recognised left-back in the squad.

Arteta confirmed that summer signing Jurrien Timber remains sidelined with a long-term injury. Additionally, Thomas Partey’s thigh injury is severe enough to rule him out of the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations, commencing next week.

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Speaking at his pre-match conference ahead of the clash with Liverpool, Arteta was asked about the possibility of a January without new signings.

The Spaniard said: “That’s a possibility.” He elaborated, stating, “Unfortunately, Jurrien has a very long-term injury. He’s doing really well but is still far from training with the team. It’s what we have, with Tomi having to leave. 

“We’re open for the transfer market, but the emphasis is on making the most of the players we have. We’ll work with the club to understand if there are any possibilities and whether we have any good options. But first of all, we will focus on the players we already have.”

Arsenal will don their ‘No More Red’ all-white kit for the first time in a home game during Sunday’s encounter with Liverpool. The initiative, spearheaded by the club, aims to combat knife crime and youth violence in North London.

Arteta commended the initiative, stating, “It’s a great initiative from the club, giving support and creating a safer environment with the power and capacity we have to help people transform certain areas of London. It’s helped a lot of people already and brought a lot of attention. If we can keep the streets safer around our city, especially for people who have kids, we will sleep better.”

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