Mikel Arteta has admitted that Arsenal need to sign more players in the summer.
Having started the January transfer window with 26 senior players, six were allowed to leave the club, either on loan or permanently, and, with no incomings, the squad is now thin.
And with three players out of contract in the summer – Alexander Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah, and Mohamed Elneny – and with Bernd Leno expected to leave as well, more bodies are needed, especially if the club has European football to contend with next season.
The Spaniard has defended the club’s lack of business in January, saying that they are determined to find the right people with the temperament necessarily who can make a positive contribution at the Emirates.
However, he knows that if the club misses out on Europe by a couple of points, the lack of January business may come back to haunt them with the club’s vocal supporter base.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.