Mikel Arteta says Arsenal have already completed their planning for the January and summer transfer windows, it’s just about executing it now.
The start of the January transfer window is now just days away, with Arsenal badly struggling in the Premier League and in need of reinforcements.
According to Mikel Arteta, the club already know what they want to do in the winter window, as well as in the summer, though whether they can get it done is another matter. The manager has handed over that responsibility to Edu so he can focus on winning matches.
“The planning is done, what we want to do in January and in the summer,” Arteta said. “Sometimes you can do it, sometimes not depending on a lot of factors.
“Edu is dealing with that at the moment and I’m focused with all the games, we don’t have much time to spend energy now on that because it’s very clear what we want to do.
“We know what we want to do and we will try to execute it knowing that the actual context, market, and what we’ve been through makes it difficult.”
Arguably, the next couple of windows aren’t just about incomings, but also outgoings. The squad is way too big right now, to the extent that we have Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Mesut Özil sitting around not playing for months despite being fully fit.
William Saliba has similarly fallen victim to the oversized squad, failing to make his debut so far and missing out on the Europa League squad list entirely.
If Arsenal can sell a few players in January, or even just release them from their contracts for free, it would really help.