In light of Arsenal’s lack of transfer activity this month, Mikel Arteta has revealed that the club are trying to bring in new additions but admitted that things are difficult and complicated. The North Londoners have let go of four players this month but are yet to reinforce Arteta’s squad.
Despite being linked to a plethora of players over the last few weeks, Arsenal have brought in no players so far although the club have let go of a few. The likes of Sead Kolasinac, Pablo Mari and Ainsley Maitland-Niles have all left with on loan although Kolasinac has left permanently for Olympique Marseille after terminating his contract. However, it has left Mikel Arteta with a threadbare squad and he was forced to name five untested academy players against Burnley on the bench.
Yet despite that and with the club winless in their last five games across all competitions, it has seen many fans and critics alike question the club’s tactics and it has underlined the need for additions. But Arteta revealed that while the plan was to bring in new faces, things have become “difficult and complicated” although they are trying their best. He also added that the players who come in need to be able to transform the team and take them to the “next level”.
"It was what we planned but the market is difficult and complicated. We knew that, but it's a lot to manage. We have to make the right decisions with players we believe are going to really help us and try to bring the ones that can take us to the next level," Arteta said, reported Sky Sports.
"We are certainly trying, but whether we are going to be able to do it, let's see. It's not only about our intention, but a lot of [things] that are needed to happen. The players who come here have to take us to the next level. We already have a level and we want to set much better standards than we already have. That's how we want to recruit."