The Gunners boss says they have finished the first part of their January plan as a number of players have departed from the club.
made it clear before the January transfer window that his club’s priority in the market will be moving players to avoid a bloated squad. The Gunners have managed to do that asSaed Kolasinac
have been loaned out andMesut Ozil
have agreed to terminate their contracts before they expire. Arteta says the club will now try to add their desired players to the team as the next step of their January plan.
“We are in that process right now,
“We have done the first part, more or less, and we are focusing now on the second phase.
“Obviously this market and the context makes it difficult, but we are looking at options and we will see what we can do.”
Asked about the club’s interest in signing Real Madrid’sMartin Odegaard
, Arteta responded:
“I cannot comment about players that play for other clubs,” he said.
“We are looking at various positions because the movement we have made in this window with some players leaving the club has left us a little bit short in certain areas.
“So if we can, we will do it and if we can’t, we will keep going with what we have.”
The departure of Saed Kolasinac means that there will be no cover forKieran Tierney
in the squad. However, Arteta says he recognizes this problem and the club will try to deepen their squad in the defensive positions.
“That option is open and we will be looking to see what is available,
“With the departures of Kola we are a little bit short with left-footed full-backs at the moment. We can use Ainsley, we can use Bukayo and we can use Cedric [Soares], who has played in that position.
“So we have some unnatural options. To Kieran, obviously we don’t, but we can adapt.”