Mikel Arteta doused Arsenal’s hopes of securing a new striker by the end of this month following their defeat to Liverpool on Sunday.
Despite dominating much of the game, the Gunners found themselves reeling at the final whistle, courtesy of an own goal by Jakub Kiwior and a late strike from Luis Diaz, effectively ending their FA Cup campaign.
Despite multiple clear-cut opportunities, including attempts by Reiss Nelson, Martin Odegaard, and Kai Havertz, Arsenal struggled to convert their chances into goals, reigniting calls for the acquisition of another striker to boost their attacking prowess this season.
Reacting to the match on social media, Arsenal icon Ian Wright succinctly voiced his plea for reinforcements, stating, “We need a killer.” However, Arteta, in post-match comments, expressed the challenges of securing the right player before the January transfer window closes.
“It doesn’t seem feasible at the moment,” Arteta disclosed to beIN Sports. “My focus is on enhancing the abilities of our existing players.”
Pressed further about transfer plans during a press conference, Arteta reiterated his stance, urging fans to throw their support behind the current squad rather than solely anticipating new signings.
“I urge the fans to stand by the team,” he urged. “They are an incredibly talented group and deserve unwavering support for their dedication. While we recognize our needs, our actions might differ. Let’s rally behind these players.”
Despite their failure to convert opportunities against Liverpool, Arteta commended his team’s collective performance, emphasising their courage against one of Europe’s top teams.
“In the past six months, I haven’t seen a team create as much as we did against them,” Arteta praised.
“We couldn’t capitalise on it. When my team shows that bravery and spirit against arguably Europe’s finest, I have to stand by them and support them. It’s frustrating, but we can’t change the result. I can’t instruct them to play poorly or avoid shooting and score own goals.”