As the January transfer window approaches, David Ornstein sheds light on Arsenal’s potential plans, indicating a stronger likelihood of securing a striker in the summer rather than in the upcoming window.
In a Q&A on The Athletic, Ornstein reveals that Arsenal currently lacks definitive plans for the January transfer window. With a month remaining until the window opens, uncertainties surrounding form, injuries, and other factors persist, influencing clubs’ decisions.
Amidst Arsenal’s financial considerations, Ornstein highlights the priority of converting the David Raya loan into a permanent deal. However, beyond this, the club’s focus appears to lean towards acquiring a striker.
Ornstein said, “I don’t think firm plans are in place yet — at Arsenal and most other Premier League clubs… Arsenal will look to bring in a striker at some point, but nothing seems to be advancing for January, so next summer would appear more likely.”
Regarding potential midfield movements, Ornstein suggests that if any departures occur in that area—citing Jorginho, Thomas Partey, Emile Smith Rowe, and the injured Fabio Vieira—it might prompt Arsenal to explore signings in the midfield. However, the absence of concrete decisions regarding these players could delay any definitive actions.
While names like Douglas Luiz, Ruben Neves, Martin Zubimendi, and Diogo Jota have surfaced in transfer discussions, Ornstein notes the lack of consensus within Arsenal about these players. He indicates that the feasibility and universal approval of these potential signings remain uncertain within the club.
“Much will depend on potential outgoings. What happens with Jorginho, Thomas Partey and Emile Smith Rowe? I’m not aware of decisions being made on any of them. If somebody departs in that midfield area — and don’t forget Fabio Vieira is injured too — it wouldn’t surprise me if Arsenal look to bring in a No 6 or No 8. Perhaps that will depend on their preference for where Declan Rice should be deployed.
“Names such as Douglas Luiz, Joao Neves, Martin Zubimendi and Diogo Jota continue to be mentioned in the public domain and while there may be admiration for such players among some at Arsenal, I’m not sure those views are universal inside the club — and that’s before you even consider whether they are attainable. I don’t know of any concrete plan, but that may well change.”
The difficulty in securing these players in January stems from their clubs’ reluctance to sell or the players’ own reluctance to move, making the situation complex for Arsenal. Ornstein acknowledges the possibility of a rapid shift in circumstances, whether through sudden injuries necessitating immediate action or unexpected breakthroughs from fringe players affecting transfer plans.