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Mikel Arteta targets Arsenal transfers in and out in January window


Mikel Arteta wants movement both ways in the January transfer window (Picture: Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta wants to see players signed and sold at Arsenal during the January transfer window, but admits that any moves will be difficult to do in the current climate.

The Gunners suffered another demoralising defeat on Tuesday night, losing 4-1 to Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup at the Emirats.

The went into the half-time break level at 1-1 after Alexandre Lacazette cancelled out a Gabriel Jesus opener, but then second half goals from Riyad Marez, Phil Foden and Aymeric Laporte completed the comfortable win for Arteta’s former club.

With Arsenal not winning outside of the Europa League since 1 November, Arteta wants some action in the transfer market, with outgoing almost as important as incomings, in terms of squad harmony.

Arteta says the club are identifying targets and looking at players they can move on, but knows that the global health crisis and the usual difficulties of the January window will make things tricky.

‘We are looking at options that we have, players coming in and out we will see what happens,’ Arteta told Sky Sports.

‘A really complicated window with the pandemic and the way the football world is at the moment so we’ll see how things develop.’

Arteta felt his side were unlucky against City, with Foden’s goal shown to be offside on replays and Mahrez’s coming thanks to a spectacular blunder from stand-in goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson.

However, he was encouraged by performances from some young players, with the likes of Joe Willock, Gabriel Martinelli and Ainsley Maitland-Niles starting the match, while Emile Smith Rowe and Folarin Balogun came on.

‘It [bad luck] is what we are fighting against, but we are gonna keep fighting,’ he said. ‘There is not any other way.

‘It’s a really hard result to take. But as well we have to look at things that can help us for the future, and I have to say for the young players in a really difficult scenario they did really well.’


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