Arteta urges board to get him January signings 'as QUICK as possible'

Mikel Arteta urges Arsenal’s board to get him January signings ‘as QUICK as possible’ following striker Gabriel Jesus’ injury – as Gunners boss warns ‘every point is going to be massively important’ in title race with Man City

  • Arsenal restart their Premier League campaign on Boxing Day as league leaders
  • They have dropped just five points so far in a stellar start to their campaign
  • Mikel Arteta plans to make signings ‘quickly’ to keep their title challenge alive 
  • The Gunners are currently without Gabriel Jesus, a key player for them in 2022
  • He picked up a knee injury with Brazil during the recent Qatar World Cup 

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is planning to make January signings ‘as quickly as possible’ in preparation for a tough Premier League title race.

The Gunners made a brilliant start to the season and currently sit five points clear at the top of the league, but concerns have been raised over their squad depth as the season progresses, particularly after star striker Gabriel Jesus picked up a knee injury at the World Cup.

They have been heavily linked with Shkahtar Donetsk forward Mykhalo Mudryk, but may need to bring in a number of players if they are to continue to challenge for trophies.

Mikel Arteta has urged the Arsenal board to bring in new players ‘as quick as possible’

It comes after star striker Gabriel Jesus picked up a serious knee injury at the World Cup

Arteta has been keen to stress the importance of strengthening his squad as soon as possible. Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s Boxing Day clash with West Ham, he said: ‘We knew the importance of getting players early in the summer and that is the same we want to do in January. 

‘This is idealistic. Sometimes it is not realistic. But obviously, if you ask my opinion, [we need players] as quick as possible, we want the players in to get settled.’

‘We can get a striker I can guarantee you that. But what we can not afford to do is get a player here that is not for us. 

‘We don’t need a body, we need players that make the team better. I think personalities that have the mentality that we want to win. 

Arsenal made a fine start to the season before the winter break and sit top of the league

‘We are very aligned with the players we are looking for. Whether they are possible or affordable, the timing of it, depends on so many things that are out of my control. The theory says that it is a very tricky window.’

He went on to touch on how the quality of football in England’s top flight had never been higher, as he explained: ‘In this league with the competition, where the bar is and what the standards have been for the last four or five years — something the Premier League has not experienced in the past — we know that every point is going to be massively important.’

Arsenal will face the Hammers at the Emirates on Monday evening, as they look to keep their title hopes alive following the winter break.

David Moyes’ side have struggled this season after an impressive European run the year before, and should present a winnable game for the Gunners. 

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