Mikel Arteta offers fresh Arsenal January transfer update after Man City loss
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Mikel Arteta has given an update on Arsenal’s January transfer plans – and it seems likely that it will include activity both in and out of the club.
Arsenal succumbed to yet another defeat on Tuesday, crashing out of the Carabao Cup with a 4-1 defeat to Manchester City.
The latest loss follows a run of five defeats from seven Premier League games as pressure mounts on Arteta.
The January transfer window could be Arteta’s saviour and the Spaniard confirmed the club are looking at players.
“We are looking at options that we have, players coming in and out,” said Arteta. “We will see what happens. It’s a really complicated window. We will see how things develop.”
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One player likely to leave on loan is William Saliba. The defender arrived in the summer with much hype but hasn’t played a single game for the Gunners this season after being left out of Arteta’s Premier League and Europa League squads.
On Arsenal’s form following their latest defeat, Arteta said: “We have to turn it around, there’s no question about that.
“We are in big trouble. I am focused on the fighters we have. I see a lot of fighters. This was a really painful moment again. We conceded a soft goal really early and to get through that is difficult but we reacted and scored. After that we were the better team but then we conceded another soft goal.
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“When you give away the goals that we gave against an opponent like this, it makes the game impossible. Then, we have an open situation when we can play Lacazette through and they score on the counter and from an offside position. After that, the game is over.”
Former colleague Pep Guardiola also have his backing to Arteta after getting one over on him.
“I’m pretty sure they are going to trust him,” he said.
“They will do a big mistake if they are thinking [of dismissing him].”
“I know his incredible quality as a human being and especially as a manager, how he is involved in everything,” added the City boss.
“It’s just a question of time and he will do well.
“Football changes in one week so quick. I can speak about my experience alongside him – one of the most incredible, successful teams in English history we had, and he was part of this success.
“It would not be possible without him. To create something like this you need time like I had in my first season.”
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