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Signing in January is 50:50 – Arteta gives update on transfer


Arsenal transfer update: Arteta says signing a player in January is 50:50

Mikel Arteta held the transfer news card to his chest when quizzed on Arsenal transfer update.

The Spaniard, while not ruling out Arsenal signing players in the January transfer window, says he won’t publicly discuss any player the club is working on.

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The winter transfer window will close in seven days time and with the north London side short of players at the back, when quizzed with links to Shakhtar Donetsk defender Mykola Matvienko and other transfer plans, Arteta claimed the transfer market was complicated.

“… I’m not going to be discussing any transfer links publicly,” the Spaniard said at the pre-match conference ahead of the FA Cup meeting with Bournemouth on Monday.

“It’s something that we are trying to do internally and when we have news we will communicate with you guys.

“At the moment, I am 50:50  because this transfer window is very, very complicated. I only want to bring somebody in if I’m really convinced that he can really improve the level that we have.

“We’ve been looking at different positions. Obviously, since I joined we lost Calum and we had other circumstances and injuries in those positions so it’s true that at the back we’ve been short.

“But there are other positions as well, depending on what happens in the market, that we might need to assess.”

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Reports that Spanish midfielder Dani Ceballos signed on a season-long loan from Real Madrid in the summer was a hot discourse at the press conference.

After a bright start to his career at the Emirate, a muscle tear injury picked up in a Europa League clash against Vitoria SC ruled the 23-year-old out for two months.

Meanwhile, since returning to full fitness since the beginning of the new year, Ceballos has not featured under the new Arsenal coach.

Responding to questions that the Real Madrid loanee has handed a transfer request to leave Arsenal, Arteta said: “I had a conversation with Dani. When I joined the club he wasn’t here, he was in Madrid because he was doing his rehab – for over a month – in Madrid with the team that owns him.

“And then, when I came here, he was doing his rehab and by the first two or three weeks he was getting back to fitness and I haven’t seen much of him because he’s only trained with us for a week or 10 days, you know. So it’s very early to assess what I can or cannot do with him.

“I heard about all those things but I have nothing to comment.”

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