Mikel Arteta expects difficult January transfer window but wants signings at Arsenal

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Mikel Arteta is hoping for changes to his squad in January (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is hoping to bring in players in the January transfer window but admits that it will be difficult and he will need to offload some squad members first.

The Gunners are enduring a difficult start to the season, with defeat to Wolves in their last outing leaving them 14th in the Premier League table.

Arteta’s side have won just four of their opening 10 games and scored just 10 goals in that time as he struggles to find success with his new style of play.

The Spaniard wants to add to his squad, with midfielders Dominik Szoboszlai and Houssem Aouar on his wish list, but knows signing players will be tricky in January.

Arsenal also have a full Premier League squad, with Sokratis Papastathopoulos, William Saliba and Mesut Ozil already left out of it as there is no room for them.

Arteta will be looking to offload the likes of Sokratis, Ozil and Sead Kolasinac to bring in new faces, but that will be easier said than done.

‘We are planning, talking with [technical director] Edu and with the club about the things we can do in January,’ he said.

‘But at the moment it’s pretty difficult, unpredictable as well. In terms of places, we are very restricted in the moment. We’ll see what happens,

‘I think things will move in the market, we will be prepared, we will need to do something knowing the limitations of that market in January and the limitations we have as well to sign players.’

Arsenal are back in Europa League action on Thursday night at home against Rapid Vienna, before a huge north London derby at Tottenham on Sunday.

Defeat to their bitter rivals would keep Spurs top of the Premier League and could see Arsenal as low as 16th by Monday night, which would be difficult to swallow for Gunners fans.

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