Arsenal boss issues transfer update ahead of January

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has acknowledged that the club are assessing their options for the winter transfer window, although any arrival may depend on the performance of the current set of players.

The north London side are already without Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck with season-ending injuries and this has recently increased the speculation of the Gunners spending funds at the turn of the year.

However, in a recent news conference covered by Sky Sports, the Spanish tactician has highlighted that he may initially consider offering opportunities to some of the club’s young guns before deciding on whether a winter purchase is necessary.

The former Paris Saint-Germain boss added that it is not easy to lure quality players from rival clubs during the winter transfer window as most of them would be reluctant to consider any transfer bids.

Arsenal suffered their maiden defeat since August during the 3-2 loss at Southampton in the Premier League and the game witnessed Emery with restricted options at the heart of the defence.

With both Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulous suspended for one domestic game, Emery was forced to play a makeshift central defence involving Laurent Koscielny, Granit Xhaka and Stephan Lichtsteiner and the trio failed to live up to the challenge.

Moreover, Koscielny looked out of pace after returning from a lengthy Achilles problem and he was directly involved in each of Southampton’s three goals which involved Danny Ings and Charlie Austin getting the better of him aerially.

Next up, the Gunners are scheduled to entertain Tottenham Hotspur for the second north London derby of the month in the League Cup quarter-final and the game should witness Mustafi and Sokratis return to the fray alongside Sead Kolasinac.

Still, Arsenal will be weakened on the right side of the defence with Hector Bellerin out for ‘some weeks‘ after picking up a minor leg injury during the first half at St Mary’s. Ainsley Maitland-Niles or Lichtsteiner could replace him for the midweek derby.

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