Arteta eyeing new signing as Arsenal are ‘very short’ of midfielders

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has hinted that they are looking to sign a new midfielder this month as they are currently “very short” in that area.

The Gunners have fared well in recent weeks as they sit fourth in the Premier League. Their run of five straight wins came to an end last weekend as they were beaten 2-1 by Man City.

They were due to face Liverpool in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final in midweek. This had to be postponed as Jurgen Klopp’s side are dealing with a significant number of Covid-19 cases.

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Arsenal have fewer options in midfield this month as Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny are playing at the African Cup of Nations.

Earlier this week, Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimaraes was linked with a move to Arsenal. Arteta admitted on Friday that they are looking to sign a new midfielder this month:

Arsenal manager Arteta on new midfielder to arrive in January: “We are very, very short at the moment. We are going to move and look for options because we are very short there”. #AFC

— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 7, 2022

The Gunners are due to face Nottm Forest in the FA Cup third-round on Sunday evening. As quoted by BBC Sport, Arteta added that they “want to play” even though they are “really short on numbers”:

“We have some issues, we’re really short on numbers but we want to play. Tomorrow we will know more.

“We want to play and that is how we are approaching every game, we want to do everything to plan the game and we don’t expect anything different.”

Elsewhere, Ainsley-Maitland Niles is set to join Jose Mourinho’s Roma on loan. Arteta has revealed that the player believes this move is the “best thing for him”:

“Ainsley came and said to me he felt the best thing for him and his career right now was to move away,” Arteta added.

“He believes that the opportunity of Rome and to work with Jose (Mourinho) was a really good one. We already had this conversation in the summer and we decided to keep him at the club and assess the situation in December and with the amount of minutes he has played he was entitled to that opportunity.

“When a player feels that way and has a strong argument that he has its very difficult to turn that away so we decided to let him go and wish him the best.

“He has been developed and raised throughout the academy. A player who has been patient to try and fulfil his dream. He was very straight with me and I understood his situation and with him it’s a good option.”

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