Arsenal legend Gilberto Silva has revealed the club’s intentions to reinforce the midfield during the January transfer window.
Concerns have arisen due to the inconsistent availability of Thomas Partey, forcing summer signing Declan Rice to shoulder significant responsibilities in the midfield.
Speaking to Mirror Sport, Silva expressed awareness of Arsenal’s potential pursuit of midfield reinforcements, highlighting the urgency of making shrewd acquisitions within the brief and specific transfer window. He emphasized the importance of securing the right player who can contribute to victories and enhance the team’s overall performance.
“I heard that they were maybe looking for some midfielders especially because of Partey being injured at times,” Silva told Mirror Sport.
“I’m not sure if it’s 100 percent going to happen but obviously, they have to be aware that this is a very short window and very specific. You have to be like a fisherman sometimes, to grab the right player that you really need that’s going to help you to win games and to be useful for the rest of the season. Also to improve the way you play.
“It’s not about sometimes bringing a player because you need [them]. Speaking to people there, Edu many times, they are working hard to have the data and what they think is right for the club in terms of targets. The market is very competitive as well, sometimes you have to be fast and not lose the opportunity.”
Arsenal are currently third in the Premier League standings, level on points with Liverpool and trailing Manchester City by a single point. Arsenal’s strong start to the season has not escaped Silva’s notice. Despite their impressive performance, Silva believes there is room for further improvement.
“I’m happy about the way they’re playing and I believe that the team can improve much more and fight for the title again,” Gilberto Silva continued.
“Last year, they were very close and I guess that in the end you were very close to winning and you lose in the last minute, it’s very frustrating. It’s very hard, we experienced that in 2002/2003, we were in front for the major part of the competition and then we lost.
“But it gives you the hunger to do it again but to win it and I believe that this squad, with Arteta, with the players they’ve got now, it would be great if they win this year as they’ve gone through a very tough time as a club.
Mikel Arteta’s men will return to domestic action this weekend away at Brentford after the international break.