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Arsenal have faced problems with their squad depth and January provides an opportunity to bolster numbers. But Mikel Arteta faces FFP concerns plus a tricky transfer market as Victor Osimhen and Karim Benzema are linked

The January transfer window is in full swing and Arsenal are being repeatedly linked with some of the world’s best footballing talent. But it hasn’t been the busy month that supporters would have envisaged.

After sitting top of the Premier League at Christmas, by the turn of the year, the Gunners had toppled to fourth and out of the FA Cup – following the defeat to Liverpool in the third round. Injury issues across the pitch have proven costly to Mikel Arteta’s selection options and as a result, the problem areas have become apparent.

A run of three straight defeats have raised questions over the attacking quality at the Emirates Stadium. The profligacy has been a main source of frustration for Arsenal supporters and have left a bitter feeling following the festive cheer that saw the North London club at the summit of English football on Christmas Day.

A run of three straight defeats have raised questions over the attacking quality at the Emirates Stadium. The profligacy has been a main source of frustration for Arsenal supporters and have left a bitter feeling following the festive cheer that saw the North London club at the summit of English football on Christmas Day

There is a burning desire in the red half of North London to build on last season’s exploits in the Premier League. Arteta’s men were looking to upset the apple cart and gazump serial-winners Manchester City to the Premier League title – thus ending the two-decade wait, of their own, to lift the famous trophy. But Pep Guardiola’s side showed their mettle, as many clubs have learned during their period of dominance

Gary Neville and those alike have been tipping Arsenal to be challenging once again, with questions over City this season after completing a famous treble in May 2023. But with football returning and the January transfer window edging into its business end, time is running out for managers and Arteta to make last minute additions, as well as sanction departures, to bolster their chances in the title race.

This month has been relatively quiet across the Premier League for incomings with Burnley, Sheffield United and Tottenham making the only acquisitions so far. And for that reason, there are several factors to explain it from Arsenal’s point of view.

The main talking point surrounding Premier League football at the moment is Profit and Sustainability Regulations, Everton (facing a second charge) and Nottingham Forest were recently referred to an independent commission for their alleged breaches, while Manchester City await a court date for their alleged 115 charges.

Since the beginning of the 2021/22 season, Arsenal have spent £500million on players and as a result, they have to tighten their belts when it comes to movement in the transfer window.

We’re open for the transfer market, but the emphasis is on making the most of the players we have,” Arteta said this month on additions. “We’ll work with the club to understand if there are any possibilities, and whether we have any good options. But first of all, we will focus on the players we already have.”

Despite the former midfielders’ admission, Arsenal have been at the centre of rumour mill. Defensively, summer signing Jurrien Timber has been injured since the win over Nottingham Forest at the beginning of August.

While the Dutchman is making progress from the knee problem, he is still expected to be out of action for a period of time as he searches for match fitness. Oleksandr Zinchenko has been struggling with a calf issue, while Takehiro Tomiaysu jetted off to Qatar for the Asia Cup.

Arsenal are interested in Ajax defender Jorrel Hato, but they are likely to make a move for the 17-year-old in the summer. According to Transfermarkt, the central defender – who can also play at left-back, is said to be valued in the region of €22million (£18m) with a year remaining on his contract.

The midfield department remains an area for discussion as Thomas Partey faces injury issues, as well as Mohammed Elneny who has been linked with an exit. Everton midfielder Amadou Onana and Douglas Luiz of Aston Villa are among the names to be mooted with moves to Arsenal.

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