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Arteta gives assessment of January transfer chances

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has rated the chances of the club signing anybody before the January transfer window closes as fifty-fifty.

The club over the past few weeks has been linked with a string of central defenders, with Jerome Boateng of Bayern Munich, and Frenchman Dayot Upamecano, who plays for another Bundesliga side, amongst the most prominent.

In the past few days, a new name has emerged, Mykola Marvivenko who plays for Shaktar Donetsk, with the player’s agent claiming that the Gunners have been in regular contact about a possible transfer.

However, the Spaniard has refused to comment on any of the individuals suggested, and maintains that, at this stage, the odds of anybody arriving at the Emirates in the next week remain firmly in the balance, saying ““At the moment, I am 50/50 [about bringing anyone in] because this transfer window is very, very complicated,” he said.

“I only want to bring somebody in if I’m really convinced that he can really improve the level that we have.”

The head of football at Arsenal, Raul Sanhelli has previously described the January transfer window as a period for tactical rather than strategic, long-term acquisitions.

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