• Head coach says he wants to focus on his current players
• Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will not be sold this month
Mikel Arteta doesn’t expect Arsenal to try to to “big things” within the January transfer window and says he would rather specialise in what his current players can bring than obsess over high-profile additions.
Arsenal remain light in certain areas, particularly central defence, and Arteta is hospitable addressing those deficiencies. However the probabilities of sizeable fees being paid out are slim and therefore the head coach acknowledged several squad members – like Héctor Bellerín and Dani Ceballos – would soon be able to contribute again after injury.
“I’m not expecting big things,” Arteta said when asked whether Arsenal would invest significantly. “I’m expecting big things from the players I even have at the instant , the players that are recovering from injuries. That’s the most important expectations from my side. If we will find something to assist us undergo the season during a more balanced way in certain areas, and is useful , we’ll check out the choices .
“We always need to be looking because obviously we’ve some bad injuries for players who are getting to be out for an extended time. we’ve to ascertain if we will find options there.”
Outgoing business this month won’t include the sale of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with the club captain using his programme notes before Monday’s convert Leeds to worry his commitment within the face of rumours he’s unsettled. Arteta wants to stay Aubameyang for the long-term but discussions over a replacement contract to exchange the forward’s current deal, which expires in 2021, are yet to start .
“I was very happy to read those comments,” Arteta said. “He knows exactly what i feel about him and clearly he’s a huge player for us. But at the instant we’re within the middle of the season and that we haven’t discussed anything further thereon at the club.
“My intention is to stay Auba, obviously, because i do know that if we keep Auba with us, we’re getting to be stronger and closer to winning football matches. That’s the sole thing.”
Asked specifically whether he expected Aubameyang to remain beyond next year Arteta said: “I don’t know, we haven’t discussed that. But I’m confident that he’s very happy here because that’s what he said within the media.” Arsenal will look to loan out the kids Emile Smith Rowe and Tyreece John-Jules this month, while Eddie Nketiah is in line for a replacement loan move after finding playing time at Leeds scarce. Arteta isn’t expecting bigger-name departures, saying there’s “nothing on the table” and predicting transfers might not happen until the now-traditional end-of-month flurry. Selhurst Park is that the venue for Arteta’s fifth game responsible on Saturday. When Crystal Palace visited Arsenal in November, Granit Xhaka fell out spectacularly with the house support and Roy Hodgson’s side battled back to draw from 2-0 down. However Arteta believes the squad’s mood is way more positive now. “The spirit is up, the extent of confidence is sweet and that they seem during a good place,” he said.