‘The planning is done’ – Mikel Arteta provides insight into Arsenal’s January transfer plans

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal talks to Thomas Partey of Arsenal before making his debut during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at Etihad Stadium on October 17, 2020 in Manchester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has today opened up on the club’s plans for the winter window, as the pressure continues to mount on the under-fire Spaniard.

Trouble at the Emirates

It is safe to say that Arsenal’s campaign, to this point, has not exactly gone according to plan.

The Gunners no doubt headed into the new season brimming with confidence, eyeing up a return to the Premier League’s top-4, along with a deep European run.

This came with the capital giants having of course secured an FA Cup and Community Shield double in August, amid suggestions that the Arteta project was finally primed to pay dividends.

The months since, however, have seen Arsenal fail to live up to expectations in any way, shape or form.

Incredibly, the north Londoners currently sit 15th in the Premier League table, on the back of just 4 wins from their opening 14 fixtures.

‘The planning is done’ – Mikel Arteta provides insight into Arsenal’s January transfer plans

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 19: Willian of Arsenal looks dejected as he walks off at half time during the Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on December 19, 2020 in Liverpool, England. A limited number of fans (2000) are welcomed back to stadiums to watch elite football across England. This was following easing of restrictions on spectators in tiers one and two areas only. (Photo by Peter Powell)

A grand total of 12 goals scored, meanwhile, means that Arsenal – a club once widely heralded for their attractive attacking style – have been outscored by all but 3 of the clubs in the English top-flight in 2020/21.

‘Know what we want to do’

As such, it almost goes without saying that something has to change at the Emirates, and fast.

As the Gunners slip closer to being dragged into a genuine relegation dogfight, the club’s fans have made their feelings crystal clear, with many having called for Mikel Arteta to be sacked.

As things stand, however, such a course of action looks firmly off the table, with widespread recent reports having assured that the Spaniard maintains the full backing of the Arsenal board:

In turn, the focus has since shifted to the January transfer window.

Arteta’s squad, whilst unquestionably under-performing, nevertheless remains in dire need of reinforcement.

Amid Mesut Ozil’s continued absence, a midfield presence capable of both creating for his teammates and scoring goals himself has been widely pinpointed as the no.1 demand on the part of the Arsenal faithful.

A new right-back also looks a possibility, whilst further reinforcement in the middle of the park will be required if the under-fire Granit Xhaka is moved on.

Whatever the case may be, though, when it comes to the Gunners’ winter window, the overall plan of action has already been put in place.

Speaking in a press conference ahead of his side’s crunch League Cup meeting with Manchester City, Mikel Arteta was today drawn on the club’s prospects for January.

And the Arsenal boss went on to explain:

‘The planning is done, what we want to do in January and in the summer.’

‘Sometimes you can do it, sometimes not depending on a lot of factors. Edu is dealing with that at the moment and I’m focused with all the games, we don’t have much time to spend energy now on that because it’s very clear what we want to do.’

‘My job is to make the most out of this squad, the players that we have. We know what we want to do and we will try to execute it knowing that the actual context, market and what we’ve been through makes it’s difficult.’

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2 Leicester City FC 14 9 27
3 Manchester United FC 13 7 26
4 Everton FC 14 6 26
5 Chelsea FC 14 15 25
6 Tottenham Hotspur FC 14 11 25
7 Southampton FC 14 6 24
8 Manchester City FC 13 7 23
9 Aston Villa FC 12 11 22
10 West Ham United FC 14 2 21
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 14 -5 20
12 Newcastle United FC 13 -5 18
13 Crystal Palace FC 14 -6 18
14 Leeds United 14 -6 17
15 Arsenal FC 14 -6 14
16 Burnley FC 13 -11 13
17 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 14 -6 12
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19 West Bromwich Albion 14 -19 7
20 Sheffield United FC 14 -17 2
Player Team Goals
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Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 11
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 11
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 11
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 9
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 9
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 9
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 8
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 7
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 6
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 6
Grealish, Jack Aston Villa FC 5
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 5
Firmino, Roberto Liverpool FC 5
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 5
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