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Arsenal pressure piled on Edu after overwhelming calls for January transfer move to save title

Edu has seen overwhelming calls to make a January transfer move to save Arsenal’s Premier League title hopes with Gunners fans making their stance clear

The pressure is on Arsenal sporting director Edu Gaspar to deliver something of a miracle during this transfer window as the days run down toward February 1. The window has been exceptionally quiet with around £700million-plus more having been spent in the 2023 winter window compared to this year’s.

The main reason behind the lack of spending is the scrutiny from Profit and Sustainability Regulations (PSR). Everton and Nottingham Forest have already faced charges, the former facing two whilst they have already attempted to appeal the first.

Arsenal have shown evidence that they’re aware of the PSR stranglehold on their own spending when they agreed on a loan with a buy option for David Raya in the summer with Brentford. The Spaniard remains on loan with an expectation that the club will indeed make the move permanent instead of letting him rejoin the Bees having become Mikel Arteta’s main goalkeeper – taking the position from Aaron Ramsdale and creating some unrest with supporters over the decision.

There does not appear to be so much disagreement however with the notion that the club need to spend if they are to compete in this season’s title race. football.london put the question to readers on Tuesday morning with over 90% voting in favour of a signing being a necessity over the squad being good enough to take things forward until at least the end of the season.

Edu therefore will be expected to sign a player between now and the end of the window. The questions are both who but perhaps more importantly how? With the financial scrutiny, which it is worth pointing out is not from a reluctance to spend but the restrictions from PSR, the most likely move would be a loan.

Calls for a striker are therefore expected not to be answered as a loan move typically would be to strengthen the depth of an area of the squad. It can be a challenge to secure a loan player of requisite quality considering that for a title-chasing side like Arsenal, the player who could help them being available on a temporary basis seem slim to none

The arrival of Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid in 2021 should provide some hope that top quality can be found, however. Looking to the big clubs across Europe to find those stars that are currently out of favour might pay off for Arsenal, especially if the parent club want in the chance to have the player’s value boosted by a loan to a club like the Gunners.

With strikers unlikely, Edu should likely look to midfield or defence where the side is slim on options. It is worth noting that only one loan can be secured with Premier League sides granted just two senior loans and one taken up by Raya.

The alternative being a permanent move could truly only be achieved with the sale of a financial asset. So far there have been little in the way of approaches to the Gunners that would tempt them into a major departure and therefore the challenge Edu has of fulfilling fan expectations appears very slim but understandably so.

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