Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal transfer statement means they will be active in January window


Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has given his clearest indication yet that he will be doing a first-team cleanup in the coming months.
The Spaniard is already under pressure after the Gunners made their worst Premier League start to the season, claiming just 13 points in their first 10 games of the new campaign and losing five of their last eight.

It’s a dismal record for a team that finished last season strong winning the FA Cup and starting the new campaign in a great way after winning the Community Shield.

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Arteta admitted in a recent interview with DAZN that he wants to deploy his squad in a 4-3-3 formation, which was in part reflected in the way his side set up in the loss to Wolves on Sunday.

However, he categorically admitted that he did not have the required players to fit into this system, revealing exactly how many signings he wanted to make over the next few months.

“We want to go to a 4-3-3 but for that you need a lot of specificity in each position but now at five or six positions we don’t have it,” Arteta said.

“The aggressiveness, the efficiency, the number of thefts that we do in the half of the opposition, I think we have been very stable against some big clubs.

“I think what we are missing is in the opponent’s zone and the last part of the pitch. We have to find the key to the attack, that last decision, that last pass, that last cross to create a goal situation, a goal, a shot, a corner, etc. ”

Mikel Arteta has struggled to make the most of his Arsenal side in the Premier League this season

Not having qualified for Champions League football since the 2016/17 season, Arsenal struggle to find his identity as Arteta takes on his first managerial job since leaving Manchester City as assistant manager .

Arteta suggests that consistency remains the biggest key to unlocking Arsenal’s true potential this season as he seeks to instill his own style at the club.

“To be able in the long term to compete for every important tournament we play, to play in the Champions League consistently. Halfway through to experience an improvement in our way of playing, our style and the DNA of the club.

“And in the short term to continue to compete as we have done in every game and improve every phase of the game and that’s the minimum we have to maintain now to aspire at the end of the season to be close to the other big clubs . ”

Arteta faces the difficult task of a North London derby match at Tottenham on Sunday, before the league games against Burnley, Southampton and Everton are sandwiched on a list of festive test fixtures.


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