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Mikel Arteta not expecting ‘big things’ from Arsenal in transfer window

• 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.

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

• Leicester City v Southampton (Saturday, 3pm)
Aston Villa have had rotten luck with injuries but also can count blessings as they prepare to host Manchester City on Sunday. The goalkeeper Orjan Nyland again filled in well for the stricken Tom Heaton in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup draw at Leicester, where Tyrone Mings performed even better. Mings’s return to fitness has made Villa more solid, as has Dean Smith’s decision to modify to a back three, which has the added merit of freeing up Frédéric Guilbert to attack more down the proper . “I love it , i feel I’ve got what it takes physically to travel up and down therefore the system suits me well,” said Guilbert after scoring at Leicester. “When we press [in this system] we’re quite high, so we will cause danger very quickly once we win the ball … we’re trying to form the team more solid overall and that we hope which will help us gain as many points as possible. Every game within the Premier League is hard but our next another than most. But we’ll fight with the weapons we’ve . We’ll attend war.” PD

• Aston Villa v Manchester City (Sunday, 4.30pm)
Crystal Palace have conceded precisely one goal in each of their last six matches altogether competitions, which could not be as bad because the spell in October and November once they conceded precisely two goals in five successive matches (the 2-2 draw at Arsenal one among them) but remains faraway from ideal, with just one of these games ending in victory.

Nevertheless, they need the division’s fourth-best defensive record (combined with the second-worst attack). They even have something of an injury crisis, which including Luka Milivojevic’s suspension leaves them short-handed for Arsenal’s visit. The Gunners are going to be pleased to avoid the Serb midfielder, who scored – from the penalty spot – both Palace’s goals during a 2-2 draw here last season and one at the Emirates last October, a game most memorable for Granit Xhaka’s angry reaction to being substituted. In other disciplinary news, this game features two of the three teams against whom Mikel Arteta, now Arsenal’s manager, was sent off in his playing career (for Everton against Arsenal in December 2007, and for Arsenal against Palace in October 2013; the opposite was against West Brom in 2010). SB

• Crystal Palace v Arsenal (Saturday, 12.30pm)
“I’m not in medieval times” was Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s kicker to his rebuke of Robin van Persie’s accusation that he could be too nice last weekend. “We are in 2020,” he said after last Saturday’s 0-0 FA Cup draw at Wolves. He was making the purpose that modern management may be a much altered beast since Sir Alex Ferguson was launching hairdryers round the Cliff training ground, but that had the unfortunate byproduct of reminding us that the past continues to be a far off country for Manchester United.

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