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Arsenal have already made three major January transfer decisions as Mikel Arteta eyes title push

Arsenal could add some key signings in the January transfer window to fuel a Premier League title push this season

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LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 17: Head Coach Mikel Arteta of Arsenal celebrates his sides 2-0 win during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at Emirates Stadium on December 17, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images)
Arsenal have some huge transfer decisions to make in January (Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images)
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Arsenal have already made three key January transfer decisions, according to recent reports, as the window continues to creep closer. The Gunners have made a decent start to their campaign as they near the halfway stage, sitting top of the Premier League.

It’s a position they’ve been in before, having occupied first for much of last season before falling off and having to settle for being runners-up. There have been plenty of improvements in the team and the strategy since, with the likes of Declan Rice and Kai Havertz adding quality to the side.

While there’s still the devastating ability of their forward line, there has been a greater emphasis on control and ensuring that matches go in their favour. It has seen a clear improvement in some areas, which was on full display in the recent victory over Brighton, which was comprehensive

think we had a really good first half last year as well,” Mikel Arteta said when reflecting after the game. “We should have scored two or three goals and we didn’t. That was my concern at half-time again and [in May] the way we reacted to conceding that first goal and how we went down. Today we showed a real determination from beginning to end to beat them. We managed to do that.”

As with every season though, it’s a marathon and not a sprint and it means there’s still plenty of potential problems or opportunities lurking around the corner. The January transfer window is always one that intrigues, due to the strange nature of how it often plays out.

Players can often be much more expensive and given teams and their desperation to improve, the window can sometimes do more harm than good. For Arsenal, their record in January has been hit and miss, with no recruitment taking place two seasons ago, but last season adding key names in Leandro Trossard and Jorginho.

It remains to be seen how much they dip into the window this time around, following links with a striker, a midfielder and a defender in recent weeks. However, it appears as though three specific targets are unlikely to join in some of those key roles that may need addressing.

According to David Ornstein, Arsenal are not interested in signing Bournemouth striker Dominic Solanke, following links with the in-form forward. Meanwhile, revived interest in Douglas Luiz looks unlikely too after previous interest in the Aston Villa midfielder wasn’t capitalised on.

Then there’s Ivan Toney, a player consistently linked with a switch away from Brentford once his suspension from football for FA gambling breaches ends next month. Ornstein claims that the England international is more likely to stay with the Bees until the summer before a potential exit.

It means the Gunners have a slightly narrower field of options to choose from, but given their desire to win a title and a Champions League, it’s clear that quality over quantity is needed to avoid any potential mistakes in the market.

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