Mikel Arteta has admitted he is expecting some “activity” at Arsenal when the January transfer window opens.
As we approach the New Year, it presents a chance for football clubs from around Europe to bring some new players in, or offload any unwanted players, as they look to prepare themselves for the last few months of the season.
The Gunners, as it stands, occupy fourth place in the Premier League table – four points above West Ham United in fifth, with Arteta looking to guide his side back into the Champions League after a few years of being absent from the prestigious European competition.
Arteta has now been asked about what sort of things to expect next month when the mid-season transfer window opens and the Spaniard has admitted there will be some business done at the Emirates Stadium.
“We are expecting some activity because there are some players and a few loans that hopefully we have to complete,” Arteta said in his pre-match press conference on Friday.
“But it depends. It’s – as we all know – a very complicated market, and it’s a short window, so we will see what happens.”
One man who is expected to leave the club on a loan deal is Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who is set to join Roma until the end of the season, with an obligation to buy placed in his contract.
Arteta, when asked about Maitland-Niles’ situation, replied: “Any news with any player we keep it private. Ainsley is our player at the moment.”
So, for Arsenal, it could be a January window that sees one or two new players come through the door. However, the nature of the mid-season window means it is unlikely to see too many incomings – with spending usually limited because of how difficult it can be to persuade clubs to offload their top players.
Source by Football London