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Arsenal boss ‘not expecting big things’ in transfer window

Mikel Arteta says he is ‘focusing on the players we have now’

10 January, 2020 — By Steve Barnett

Mikel Arteta: ‘I’m expecting big things from the players I have at the moment’

MIKEL Arteta has poured ice on suggestions Arsenal are about to hit the January sales, insisting he wants the players he already has at his disposal to help get the club back on the right track.

The Gunners have been linked to a host of new signings during the current transfer window, including Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng, Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti and Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani.

Arteta, however, says that he is “not expecting big things” this month but will keep his eye out for any last-minute bargains.

“If we can find something to help us go through the season in a more balanced way in certain areas, and is helpful, we’ll look at the options,” said the Arsenal head coach.

“We always have to be looking because obviously we have some bad injuries to players who are going to be out for a long time. We have to see if we can find options there.

“But I’m not expecting big things. I’m expecting big things from the players I have at the moment, and the players that are recovering from injuries. That’s the biggest expectations from my side.”

Arteta added that Arsenal were “not thinking to sell” any players, but said nothing could be ruled out until the window closes at 11pm on January 31.

He said: “There’s nothing concrete at the moment on the table.

“As I said, I’m focusing on the players we have now and this transfer window is a little bit tricky and things might come at the end. But I don’t know which way.”

One player definitely sticking around is skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubame­yang, who says he is committed to the club.

Arteta said he was delighted by the striker’s remarks, and hopes he will still be at the club next season.

Arteta added: “I was very pleased to read those comments. He knows exactly what I think about him and obviously he’s a massive player for us.

“But at the moment we’re in the middle of the season and we haven’t discussed anything further on that at the club.

“My intention is to keep Auba, obviously, because I know that if we keep Auba with us, we’re going to be stronger and closer to winning football matches. I’m confident that he’s very happy here because that’s what he said in the media.”

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